FeRFA E-Newsletter March 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

AGM & AWARDS DINNER - date and venue announced
FeRFA CAREERS - upcoming roles within FeRFA
TRAINING NEWS - updates from March training modules
ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT - this month we look at NCC and HTC Floor Systems
RECYCLING - new rates apply
MEMBER BENEFITS - Cobra's Bespoke Insurance Service plus H&S Advice and Business Shield from SKA
OTHER NEWS - latest news from the industry
MEETINGS & EXHIBITIONS - dates for your diary

LATEST NEWS

FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2018 - FOR YOUR DIARY!

The FeRFA Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner 2018 will be held on Friday 23 November at The St Johns Hotel in Solihull.

This year we are having a change of venue to accommodate the growing number of guests now attending this event. We will be having an afternoon annual general meeting, with plenty of time for networking followed by the evening Awards Dinner.

The Park Suite at the St Johns provides a spacious setting in which to host this popular event and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests in November.

Full details and booking forms will be issued later in the year, but meanwhile please hold this date in your diary.

FeRFA CAREERS

FeRFA CEO

This full time position is on a self employed basis and involves the day to day management of FeRFA, its activities and its future strategy for growth. As training development and delivery, technical guidance and member support are all key elements of this role, we are seeking candidates with extensive experience of the resin flooring sector. The role is home office based but involves daily communication with the Secretariat based in Stone. If you would like to discuss this opportunity and/or require further information, please contact helen@ferfa.org.uk.

FeRFA TRAINER

As a result of pending retirement, we are seeking someone who has several years’ experience in the specification and installation of resin flooring systems, with good presentation and classroom teaching skills, to take on the part time role of FeRFA trainer. This role is on a self employed basis and involves the development and delivery of specialist apprentice schemes and as well upskilling programmes. The FeRFA Trainer will also receive assessor training in order to carry out onsite assessments as part of the role. For more information, please contact helen@ferfa.org.uk.

TRAINING NEWS

RESIN 18 TAKE RESIN SCREEDS MODULE

The Polydeck Resin 18 apprentices spent three days in their training facility this month being taught how to lay screeds and create covings. The apprentices had plenty of practical hands-on experience and the group thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply quartz materials and gain practice on their trowel work to take those skills into the workplace. Resin 16 Mod 12 Image
Altro kindly provided the resin materials for this session where the apprentices were able to perfect their techniques in screeding and coving.

Apprentices in this group are Michael Hutchinson, Phillip Whitehall, Darren Collinson and Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd).

RESIN 18 TAKE RESIN SCREEDS MODULE

This month we welcome 8 new apprentices to the Insitu Resin Flooring scheme, our 21st Group. The two year course will lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and is fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

FeRFA Trainer Terry Foxley guided the apprentices in this group for the first of their two-day modules which included an introduction to the scheme, an induction from CITB, and an in-depth health & safety training session.

Apprentices in this group are Daniel Morgan (Central Flooring Services), Luke Kevan (Coatech), Lewis Bansal, Liam Price, Jamie Carter (TPS360), Scott Ross, Carl Byrne (IRL Group) and James Tyres (Reprotec)

RESIN 18 TAKE RESIN SCREEDS MODULE

FeRFA is seeking suitably skilled and experienced individuals from the resin flooring industry to train as industry assessors. For more information, please email secretariat@ferfa.org.uk.

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT

NCC (North West) Ltd

NCC is a leading distributor of specialist flooring and chemical products for the construction and building industry. Working with major international manufacturers, NCC offers a wide range of resin flooring products , concrete repair, sealants, masonry products and waterproofing systems. NCC has now been established at its head office in Chorley for more than 30 years. The NCC technical team has extensive experience in the UK’s Specialist Resin Flooring market and will offer comprehensive advice and guidance on the selection and application of resin flooring systems. As the leading flooring product and system distributors, NCC also provides fast and reliable nationwide supply and delivery services – and all at the best possible prices.

01257 266696

www.resinflooringsite.co.uk

Unit 2 Woodside Ackhurst Road Common Bank Chorley PR7 1NH


HTC Floor Systems Ltd

For over 25 years, HTC has been the pioneer in developing more effective methods to grind, polish and maintain concrete floors. The range includes the newest generation of floor grinders, from the Duratiq T5 to the Duratiq 8, these machines have set an entirely new standard for reliability, precision and control. They have a unique combination of intelligence and raw power matching the requirement and expectation of professional users and specialists all over the world. HTC’s machines and diamond tool combined with HTC Superfloor™ floor polishing system guarantee a beautiful and durable surface.

0845 460 2500

www.htc-floorsystems.com

Unit 4 Kingston Business Park Dunfermline Court Kingston Milton Keynes MK10 0BY


FeRFA's RECYCLING SCHEME

RECYCLING - ARE YOU TAKING PART?

If you are not already submitting your recycling data in 2018 please start doing this now to qualify for the recycling logo within your FeRFA website entry.

It is easy to do using the datasheet (if not using Reconomy) – only two figures are needed per month – total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. This is information that should be provided by your waste collector. If it isn’t then ask them why not. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures – which you can show to prospective clients.

More details on the recycling initiative are here.

INFORMATION ON UPCOMING PRICE INCREASE

From 1st Apil 2018, the cost of waste collection organised by Reconomy will increase by 5% annually. This is a reduced rate offered to us by Reconomy and comes from an increase in the Landfill levy and economic drivers.

For further information, please see this document.

DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF USING THE RECONOMY PORTAL TO MANAGE YOUR CONSTRUCTION WASTE

Did you know that the Reconomy Portal will give you round-the-clock access to your key waste documentation and data – across all your construction sites? We would like to show you how to gain:

  • control over the waste streams generated on each construction site you manage
  • the ability to create detailed reports on your waste management with ease.

By giving you an in-depth insight into the handling of waste across all your building sites, with dynamically updated information, the Reconomy Portal offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain control over your waste management.

Arrange a free Reconomy Portal demonstration today:
Call – 0800 834 133

FeRFA’S PARTNERS IN THIS SCHEME:

  • Reconomy, can assist you to reduce your total waste management costs, increase your landfill diversion, ensure compliance, under current Environment Agency legislation, maintain consistency and best practice across all sites and back-office functions. Contact 0800 834 133 / 01952 211790
    To see Reconomy’s National Rates for FeRFA members please click on this link.
  • If you are a manufacturer, Protech Plastics Containers can supply containers in various sizes to suit your product range, which are now produced from 40% recycled material. Call Protech on 01827 314615.

FeRFA MEMBER BENEFITS

FeRFA INSURANCE WEBSITE SUPPORTED BY COBRA INSURANCE BROKERS

Cobra Insurance Brokers have partnered with FeRFA for over 10 years, gaining specialist knowledge and an understanding of the protection needed for the resin flooring industry. The new website, designed specifically to support FeRFA members and their business activity is now available at www.ferfainsurance.co.uk The website covers all aspects of insurance, risk management and guarantees, as well as a client login portal where you can view your policy documents. FeRFA Members can also request free access to a vast library of resource material.

Cobra offer a free insurance health check plus no obligation quotes. Howard Collins can be reached on 07775 888933 or emailed at howard.collins@cobrainsurance.co.uk or visit the website.

H&S UPDATE PLUS BUSINESS SHIELD FROM STALLARD KANE ASSOCIATES

Stallard Kane Associates Ltd provide a support service to SMEs for both Health & Safety and Employment Law. FeRFA members can access its services for free via the Business Shield – detailed below.

Over the last couple of months, the FeRFA Business Shield helpline has received a number of queries regarding ‘notice periods’ and some of the key considerations. So this month, Stefan Atkinson (HR Consultant at FeRFA Business Shield) talks through some of the points companies should take into account. We will also be updating you on some of the latest training courses available via FeRFA Business Shield.

Read Stallard Kane’s Lastest Business Shield article here.

Business Shield - free to FeRFA members - ensures you are always up to date.

SKA understands that busy management teams don’t always have the time to keep up-to-date with changes in workplace legislation and health and safety policies, which is why FeRFA has supplied FeRFA Business Shield as a key member benefit


All FeRFA members have FREE access to the Business Shield service giving you:

  • FREE access to the FeRFA Business Shield online portal
  • FREE and unlimited use of the 24hr hotline
  • FREE one hour review of your daily activity and associated risks
  • FREE one hour review of your existing employment contracts

Further details on the service are available in the brochure here.

All FeRFA members are supplied with a unique username and password for the FeRFA Business Shield and can speak to an advisor to answer any queries that you may have regarding the service.

In the meantime, members can access the advice line on 0345 076 6485.

The dedicated FeRFA Business Shield Account Manager is Barry Nicol, please call him on 07854 938693 for more details

OTHER NEWS

THE RESIN FLOORING INDUSTRY NEEDS TO GET READY FOR GDPR

Most people are now aware that there are new regulations coming into force, concerning the way that organisations collect, hold and use personal data belonging to customers, staff and others that they might interact with.

What is not so well-known is that this is not just something that affects large companies. All businesses and individual traders who hold personal data need to make sure that they comply with the new regulations. What’s more, the date for doing so is fast approaching – the enforcement date on 25 May 2018.

The new rules were approved at a European level two years ago, 21 years after the original Data Protection Directive came into force. Since the 1990s the internet, online marketing and digital data storage have revolutionised this area. For these reasons and also due to a lack of consistency internationally, it is generally considered that the original regulations are no longer fit for purpose. Therefore the requirements are changing in all European countries.

The core principle of data protection legislation is that: “Data must be processed fairly for specified purposes, based on consent or other legitimate purposes laid down by law. Everyone has the right to access to data collected about them and the right to have any errors rectified”.

FeRFA is keen to communicate the key requirements of the new regulatory regime, so that member companies are equipped to make any necessary changes to the way they collect, handle and store customer and employee data.

One of the key requirements is that organisations can no longer make assumptions about how people want their data to be dealt with. For instance, pre-ticked opt-in boxes are not considered valid methods of consent. Individuals must now pro-actively state their agreement for their data to be held and used in particular ways. Consent for companies to handle an individual’s data must be freely given, on the basis of an opt-in and unbundled and separate from other conditions.

It is important to remember that this applies to employees, as well as customers. Companies should also ensure that internal data security is sufficient and that adequate training is provided for members of staff who handle employee and customer data. Under the legislation an employer is considered liable for the actions of its staff, and there have been instances of companies being prosecuted due to theft of personal data by an employee.

In communication with those on whom organisations hold data, valid forms of consent include: “I would like to receive emails about your products (Tick box)” or “I give my explicit consent to receiving emails about resin flooring products, and please send them to: (email address)”. Therefore resin flooring companies will be required to contact their customers and others on any mailing lists that they hold, in order to secure their active assent to hold and use their data.

The law builds in a number of further requirements, with which organisations will have to comply:

  • Data retention should be transparent, including documentation of how it is held.
  • The person whose data you are collecting should be informed of the reasons why you are collecting it.
  • The data that is collected should be adequate, limited in scope and relevant.
  • Information that is held should be accurate and up-to-date.
  • It should not be retained longer than necessary.
  • It should be held securely.
  • The rights of those whose data is held should be protected – these rights include information, access, rectification and erasure.

Companies should consider whether they need to appoint a data protection officer within their organisations, although this is normally only required if processing of personal data is a “core activity” and carried out on a large scale. However they do need to take steps to ensure that they comply, and they may need to demonstrate their compliance to the Information Commissioner’ Office (ICO). Companies which require further information on GDPR and what they have to do now will find that information on the ICO’s website at www.ico.org.uk. There are also details on the GDPR portal at www.eugdpr.org.

CHANGES TO STATUTORY PAYMENTS FROM 1ST APRIL 2018

From April 2018, there will be a rise in the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay.

With effect from 1 April 2018 statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay will rise from £140.98 to £145.18, and the weekly rate for the first 6 weeks will be 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings.

Read more.

CSCS APPROVES SAFE2SITE ONLINE COURSE

CSCS is pleased to announce that the Safe2Site online course has been approved as the latest route to the green Labourer card.

Most people in construction are familiar with the Labourer card. It’s the card that was introduced to help site managers verify that people working in Labouring occupations have achieved the RQF Level 1 (Level 4 in Scotland) Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment or one of the approved alternative courses, which now includes Safe2Site.

Read more.

ARE YOU READY FOR GENDER PAY REPORTING?

Gender Pay Reporting legislation will come into full effect from 4 April 2018.

The legislation requires large companies with more than 250 employees across all industries to publish their gender pay gap annually. The legislation aims to increase pay transparency by reporting the overall difference in hourly pay between men and women and also look at the bonus pay gap. Read more here.

CATALYST FOR CHANGE – BUILD UK

The collapse of Carillion earlier this year, played out in front of us, shows the outcome when a major industry sector operates with a commercial model that is not fit for purpose. We have seen up close what happens when we have a combination of lowest price, inequitable transfer of contract risk, poor payment practices and inadequate governance. Read more here.

MEETINGS, SEMINARS & EXHIBITIONS 2018

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2018

Resin 18 MOD 14: Apr 11-12 at Instarmac, Tamworth (Last Module)
Resin 19 MOD 12: May 9-10 at Arturo, Rugby
MOD 13: Sep 4-6, Venue TBA
Resin 20 MOD 10: Apr 18-19 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 11: Jul 11-12 at Sika, Welwyn Garden City
MOD 12: Oct 17-18 at Arturo, Rugby
Resin 21 MOD 4-5: May 23-24 at Altro, Letchworth Garden City
MOD 6-9: Sep 19-21 at DSA, Nottingham
Prep 9 MOD 12: Apr 25-26 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 13: Jun 27-28 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 10 MOD 10: Apr 10-12 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 11: Jun 20-21 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln

FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2018

FeRFA Council Meetings: Jun 20, Sep 19
FeRFA AGM & Awards Dinner: Nov 23
FeRFA Resin Bound/Bonded Technical Sub Committee: May 1
FeRFA Technical Meeting: TBC

INDUSTRY EXHIBITION DATES 2018

Hospitality Technology Innovation – ExCeL, London: 25-26 Sep

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