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MUTA-related press releases and coverage

MUTA generates regular press releases on newsworthy stories to raise awareness of the association and promote the message of working safely. Individual members can use MUTA's public relations expertise to get news of an interesting event, product or service out to the trade press.
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18|08|17
August 2017 Newsletter
Inspection Process Results. General Data Protection Regulations. Making Tax Digital. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits.

Inspection Process Results
Average on-site inspections scores have increased slightly from last year although some members scores have increased by 20% points. This goes to show that the Inspection Process is being taken seriously and the feedback from MUTA's Inspector is being taken on board. 

Throughout the course of the year we have noticed that some best practice areas of the inspection criteria are unrealistic to achieve so these will be reviewed and addressed at the year end. As always, any feedback on the existing inspection criteria would be welcomed. 

We have been notified by some members that they have not received their inspection reports. If you have recently had an inspection and have not received your report, login to your My Account section on the members' website and you will be able to view copies of your reports. Alternatively, email info@muta.org.uk

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
New data protection laws come into force in the UK on 28 May 2018 and will fundamentally affect all personal data you hold, including employees, customers, or prospects.

The regulations are far reaching and the potential fines for breaches are up to 4% of turnover. We are working on comprehensive guidance but this is unlikely to be published until the autumn when there should be further clarity from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

In readiness, for GDPR, and perhaps mindful of a previous data breach, J.D. Weatherspoon have just deleted their entire customer database. Click here to read more.

You can see the latest guidance from the ICO, here.

Making Tax Digital
Some members have previously expressed their concerns regarding Making Tax Digital so we are pleased to announce that the Government have watered down the requirements (or extended the deadlines) for all businesses to digitally send tax information to HMRC.

It will not be mandatory for businesses to use the digital system until April 2019. This will apply to businesses who have a turnover above the VAT threshold - smaller businesses will not be required to use the system but they can do so voluntarily. 

Click here for more information.

New Member Applications
We are currently processing an application from the following organisation:

Great British Bell Tents
www.greatbritishbelltents.co.uk

If you know this organisation, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their application or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

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Vehicle Decals
Full members of MUTA have the right to use the MUTA member logo in their own marketing materials, helping you win business in a competitive marketplace. 

We now have MUTA branded vehicle decals in stock so you can promote your membership on your company vehicles. Decals are free for orders of up to 10. Just email info@muta.org.uk.
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24|07|17
July 2017 Newsletter
NEW! Guidance Note - Toolbox Talks. IstructE TDS Guide - 4th Edition. Supplier Member Adverts. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits.

NEW! Guidance Note - Toolbox Talks
MUTA have recently published a new toolbox talks guidance note and checklist which are available to download from the members' website.

The guidance note explains the purpose of a toolbox talk and gives an overview of what topics should be included. An example checklist has also been created but please make sure you tailor this to suit the job and the site requirements. Please remember that a toolbox talk is different to a site induction. 

MUTA are also working on a guidance note regarding what action to take in the event of a lightning strike. If you would like to be involved in the development of this, please email info@muta.org.uk

IstructE TDS Guide - 4th Edition
The Institute of Structural Engineers have updated their Temporary Demountable Structures (TDS) Guide, replacing the 3rd edition from 2007. Adrian Dann of Danco helped to author the section on marquees and tents.

The 4th edition contains information on the procurement, design and use of TDS and updates include: 
  • The ramifications of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in the UK
  • Revisions following experiences at the London 2012 Olympics - where TDS were used on an unprecedented scale
  • A dedicated chapter on loading 
  • Extensive reference to current standards that have relevance worldwide
MUTA have been offered a discounted rate on a bulk order from the Institute of Structural Engineers so if you would like to purchase a hard copy of the new TDS guide, please email info@muta.org.uk

Supplier Member Adverts
The MUTA eshot is sent every month and for the last year supplier members have been promoting their products and services to fellow members via the advert spaces below.
 
If you're a supplier member and you would like to make the most of this free member benefit, please email info@muta.org.uk with approximately 100 words and a jpeg image of your company logo.

Supplier members can also display banner adverts on the MUTA website. Login and visit your My Account area for more details. If you don't have your login details, please email info@muta.org.uk

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisation:

H J Hambley Ltd
www.hambleys.co.uk

If you know this organisation, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

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Fuelcards
MUTA members can access a fuelcard from The Fuelcard People which will enable to you to obtain discounted fuel from all the well-known brands such as:
  • BP
  • Shell
  • Esso
  • Texaco 
  • UK Fuels
Fuelcards can also be used in most major supermarkets. To access this member benefit, visit the members' website
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21|06|17
June 2017 Newsletter
Inspection Process Results. NEW! Guidance Notes. Telescopic Ladders. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits. 

Inspection Process Results
Following the changes to the Inspection Process last year, improvements are being made by members in terms of health and safety and working practices. Now with feedback from previous inspections, some members scores have increased by 20 percentage points from 2016. 

Whilst it is great to see so many improvements made by members, it is vital to ensure that statutory requirements are met on every job and at your premises. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and here are some recent examples in allied industries: The Member Services Team will continue to organise inspections and please don't forget that MUTA's Inspection Process document clearly outlines what constitutes as a 0, 1, 2 or 3 for on-site and premises inspections. It's far better to have MUTA's Inspector highlighting concerns than the Health and Safety Executive or a Local Authority!

NEW! Guidance Notes
MUTA have produced two new guidance notes for members concerning anti-slavery and human trafficking and anti-corruption and bribery policy, both of which can be downloaded from the members' website, here.

Anti-slavery and anti-corruption policies are mandatory for large companies. However, to ensure compliance through the supply chain, these are being requested at all business sizes as some members have recently discovered.

Two free policy templates have also been added to the 'Reference Documents' section of the members' website to assist with compliance on these two topics.

If you have any specific topics for future guidance notes, please let the Member Services Team know on info@muta.org.uk

Telescopic Ladders
The Ladder Association have released a safety guide concerning telescopic ladders which includes information on:
  • Buying safe ladders and making sure they meet the product standard, BS EN 131
  • Using a telescopic ladder and advice on good practice when working at height 
  • Maintaining a telescopic ladder to ensure it remains in good condition
The guide was produced following enquiries led by Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team, who discovered a total of 13 different telescopic ladder types all failed to meet the product standard, BS EN 131. 

Click here to download the safety guide.

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisations:

Thorns Group
www.thorns.co.uk

Holmstead Events
www.holmstedevents.co.uk

If you know these organisations, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

Use Your Member Benefits

Fuelcards
MUTA members can access a fuelcard from The Fuelcard People which will enable to you to obtain discounted fuel from all the well-known brands such as:
  • BP
  • Shell
  • Esso
  • Texaco 
  • UK Fuels
Fuelcards can also be used in most major supermarkets. To access this member benefit, visit the members' website
 
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19|05|17
May 2017 Newsletter
StructureSafe Online - The Latest. 2017 Annual General Meeting. Membership Survey Results. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits. 

StructureSafe Online - The Latest
MUTA are in the process of developing a new StructureSafe online training course which will cover general health and safety practices on-site. You will be able to be complete this in your own time and at your own premises (we estimate that it only takes two hours to complete). 

The development phase of the project is underway and a preview of the course was presented at the AGM last week. We are also working with AIM Awards to see if the online course can be independently accredited. 

Further updates will be issued in due course but if you have any questions in the meantime, please call us on 01379 7888673.

2017 Annual General Meeting
MUTA's 95th AGM took place on Tuesday 9 May 2017 with members contributing ideas and sharing work experiences. You can download a copy of the minutes here

After the formalities of the AGM, an update session was held which included:
  • A presentation on the developments of MUTA's new StructureSafe online training course
  • A presentation on the Inspection Process and the typical issues MUTA's Inspector encounters when conducting inspections.
  • A report on the results of the member survey (see more below)
You can download a summary of the updates here

Membership Survey Results
All members were invited to take part in a short, online member survey to express their thoughts on key membership topics and future plans for MUTA. 

The survey closed on Tuesday 2 May and a report containing the results was presented at the AGM. You can view a copy of the report here.

The feedback from the survey will help us continue to enhance membership services and we would like to thank those that participated. 

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisations:

The Royal Tank Regiment - Developing Hirer

UK Events and Tents
www.ukeventsandtents.co.uk

If you know these organisations, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

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PAT Testing Guidance Note
A new PAT testing guidance note has recently been published to provide MUTA members with clarification on FAQs and guidance on checking portable electrical equipment. 

This guidance note has been written with reference to the Health and Safety Executive and can be downloaded here

If you have any specific topics for future guidance notes, please let the Member Services Team know on info@muta.org.uk
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20|04|17
April 2017 Newsletter
New! Member Survey - Please Complete. 2017 AGM - Change of Date. MUTA's Executive Committee. New Member Applications. Supplier Member Adverts. Use Your Member Benefits.

New! Member Survey - Please Complete
We would like to invite you to take part in a short online survey that will enable you to have your say on key membership topics and future plans for your trade association.
MUTA have prepared a tailored survey for each membership category. If you would like to participate, please email info@muta.org.uk. We would really appreciate your feedback so we can continue to develop the membership service.

2017 AGM - Change of Date
The 95th MUTA AGM will now be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 starting at 10:30 (refreshments from 10:00) at the De Vere Staverton Estate, Daventry Road, Daventry, NN11 6JT

In addition to the formalities of the AGM, an update session will take place after which will include:
  • A presentation on the developments of MUTA's new StructureSafe online training course.
  • A presentation on the Inspection Process and the typical issues MUTA's Inspector encounters when conducting inspections.
  • A report on the results of the member survey.

Please confirm your attendance of your AGM by clicking here. 

MUTA's Executive Committee
MUTA is led by the Executive Committee (Exec), a group of members who volunteer their time and experience to manage and develop the Association for the benefit of its members.  

The current Exec consists of six representatives and in our last eshot we asked for nominations. As a result, Laura Hutchinson of Losberger UK and Joe Baillie of Baillies Marquees have put themselves forward for election. 

There have been no other nominations so the Exec are pleased to confirm that both Laura and Joe have been elected unopposed. This will be ratified at the AGM on Tuesday 9 May 2017. 

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisations:

The Theming Company
www.thethemingcompany.com.au

North of Scotland Marquees
www.northofscotlandmarquees.com

Wills Marquees
www.wills-marquees.co.uk

Love Tipis 
www.lovetipis.co.uk

If you know these organisations, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

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PAT Testing Guidance Note

A new PAT testing guidance note has recently been published to provide MUTA members with clarification on FAQs and guidance on checking portable electrical equipment. 
This guidance note has been written with advice from the Health and Safety Executive. You can download this guidance note and access all other member benefits by loggin into the members website.  

If you have any specific topics for future guidance notes, please let the Member Services Team know on info@muta.org.uk

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