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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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January 2018 Newsletter
Make a safe start to 2018. New inspection criteria and 2017 results. Your subscription renewal. Use Your Member Benefits.

Make a safe start to 2018
The feedback following the launch of StructureSafe has been overwhelmingly positive from members (and non-members) so what better way to kick-start 2018 than by ensuring you and your team are trained ready for the season ahead.

StructureSafe has been designed to help everyone, including temporary staff, acquire the key knowledge for working safely on-site. Arranged in four modules the course has interactive activities throughout and upon successful completion of a short test, you will be rewarded with a RoSPA approved certificate.

With StructureSafe there is no need to send staff away for training or bring trainers in – it can be taken anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection.

Many forget how important training really is. Keeping people safe is the number one priority and many prosecutions from the Health and Safety Executive cite lack of training.

So there is no need to take the risk, click here to get started.

New inspection criteria and 2017 results
MUTA’s Inspection Process has recently been updated following a full year of inspections and member feedback. The new criteria is much more refined and clearly outlines what constitutes as a score of 0, 1, 2 or 3 for each area inspected. 

Don’t forget that members are expected to achieve at least a score of 2 (compliant) and an inspection that scores 2 across all items (i.e. 66%) is perfectly acceptable. Those members that go “above and beyond” can expect to score 3 (best practice) for some items.

192 inspections were conducted in 2017 and here are the results:
  • Premises inspection average score – 60% (highest 87%, lowest 25%)
  • On-site inspection average score – 75% (highest 93%, lowest 48%)
The organisation that received the lowest premises score has had their membership cancelled as they failed to meet the required standards (including statutory requirements).

Congratulations to those members that are working hard to continually raising industry standards, we look forward to seeing further improvements to your inspection scores in 2018. 

Your subscription renewal
A reminder that all membership subscriptions are due by 31 January 2018.

Once payment has been received, we will send you your membership certificate and an email with the 2018 member logo for you to display on your marketing materials.

Renewal packs were sent in December so if you haven’t received yours, please email info@muta.org.uk.  

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Lightning Guidance
Following requests from members, MUTA have created a guidance note concerning what actions could be taken in the event of a lightning strike.

Despite much information being available regarding lightning storms, there is no definitive answer on what course of action must be taken. The information included within the guidance note may help to reduce the risk.

You can download this guidance note by logging into the members’ website, here.
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December 2017 Newsletter
Demonstrably raising standards in 2017. StructureSafe Online and Face-to-Face. Merry Christmas from all at MUTA. Use Your Member Benefits.

Demonstrably raising standards in 2017
2017 has been the year that the new, more rigorous, inspection regime has really started to bite.  And we’re delighted to say that member feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  Yes, we’ve lost a handful of members that didn’t handle the transition, but that’s hugely outweighed by the numerous examples of real practical improvements to safety happening on sites and in premises.
 
We’re updating the inspection criteria for 2018 to add more clarity, and we’re looking forward to seeing further improvements to the scores members are achieving.

StructureSafe Online and Face-to-Face
Our new StructureSafe webpage is now live giving direct access to the online course. You can find it here
 
Use it to train new staff, remotely, before they arrive for work for the first time. Or to train existing staff.
 
For MUTA members, it costs £19.99 for a single course. If you have 10 or more staff that need training, this is reduced to £14.99 per course. So there is no need to take the risk. Never send your staff on-site without key health and safety training again. 
 
We continue to offer a face-to-face course who prefer the additional benefits of interacting with our trainer.

Merry Christmas from all at MUTA
The MUTA office will be closed from noon on Thursday 21 December and will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

The MUTA Executive Committee and Member Services Team wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful 2018.  

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Croner
MUTA's business support helpline (supplied by Croner) is free of charge to all members and helps you understand the complexity of workplace regulations. Specialist advice is available in the following areas:
  • Tax
  • VAT
  • Payroll
  • Employment & Personnel
  • Commercial Legal
Login to the MUTA members' website to access this benefit. 
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November 2017 Newsletter
StructureSafe now RoSPA approved. MUTA member receives HSE visit. The effects of hitting a power line. Use Your Member Benefits. 

StructureSafe now RoSPA approved!
We are delighted to announce that MUTA's new online training course, StructureSafe Online, has been approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) against their strict criteria.

StructureSafe Online has been developed by industry experts and online training specialists to help all staff understand the importance of health and safety through engaging activities. It's the UK's first online training course for the temporary structure industry. 

Here's how you will benefit from StructureSafe Online:
  • Make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day
  • Quick, simple and inexpensive to ensure all your staff are trained
  • No need to send your staff away for training, no need to bring trainers in
  • New staff can be trained before they start with you
  • Proof you have trained your staff – many HSE prosecutions cite lack of training
  • Reduce your risk of being sued
  • Can be taken anytime, anywhere and on any device
For MUTA members, it costs £19.99 for a single course. If you have 10 or more staff that need training, it only costs £14.99 per course!

For more information, please contact us on 01379 788673 or email info@muta.org.uk.

MUTA member receives HSE visit
A MUTA member based in Southern England recently received an unexpected premises visit from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector. 

As a result of the inspection, the member has been asked to provide a risk assessment for a workplace activity within 4 weeks of the visit taking place.

It's important to make sure you and your colleagues are always ready for a HSE visit as they can happen at any time - MUTA's Guide to Safe Working Procedures can help you prepare.

The effects of hitting a power line...
A scaffolding company and its Director have been sentenced after a worker lost his hands and feet after hitting a power line. 

The worker was erecting scaffolding in December 2016 when the structure came into contact with 33KV of overhead power lines. Subsequently the worker received an electric shock which led to his hands and feet being amputated. 

The company and its Director pleaded guilty to safety breaches and were fined £80,000 after appearing in Swindon Magistrates' Court. 

To read further, click here.

For guidance on power lines relating to temporary structures, see pages 16 and 17 of the Best Practice Guide, here

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IFAI Staking Study
The Tent Rental Division of the IFAI (our American counterparts) have kindly shared their staking guide which provides information relating to the effectiveness of different staking arrangements based on soil conditions. It can also help you work out what staking method is required on a particular site.
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October 2017 Newsletter
Untrained staff is a thing of the past. Visit us at the Showman's Show. NEW! Guidance Note. Use Your Member Benefits. 

Untrained staff is a thing of the past...
MUTA are pleased to announce that the UK’s first online health and safety training course for the temporary structure industry will be launched at the Showman's Show on the 18 and 19 October 2017.

StructureSafe Online has been developed by industry experts and online training specialists and will help all staff understand the importance of health and safety through engaging activites. 

As a MUTA member, here's how you will benefit from StructureSafe Online:
  • Make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day
  • Quick, simple and inexpensive to ensure all your staff are trained
  • No need to send your staff away for training, no need to bring trainers in
  • New staff can be trained before they start with you
  • Proof you have trained your staff – many HSE prosecutions cite lack of training
  • Reduce your risk of being sued
  • Can be taken anytime, anywhere and on any device
Not to mention there is a price advantage for members - the course costs £19.99 for a single login. If you have 10 or more staff that need training, it only costs £14.99 per login!

MUTA will be running live demonstrations of StructureSafe Online at the Showman’s Show so make sure you visit stand 81 within the Main Exhibition Hall. 

Visit us at the Showman's Show
MUTA will once again be exhibiting at the Showman’s Show in October. We hope that you will visit the stand and find out more about all the projects we are working on and of course StructureSafe Online. 

We will also have brand-new member packs available on the stand which will include details of your member benefits and a copy of MUTA's Best Practice Guide. 
 
To register to visit, click here

NEW! Guidance Note
Following requests from members, MUTA have published a new guidance note regarding what precuations can be taken in the event of a lightning strike. 

ATLAS, RoSPA and MUTA member, Losberger UK, have all provided their assistance with the creation of this document. 

Despite much information being available regarding lightning storms, there is no definitive answer on what course of action must be take in the event of a lightning strike. The information included within the guidance note may help to reduce the risk.

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IFAI Staking Study
The Tent Rental Division of the IFAI (our American counterparts) have kindly shared their staking guide which provides information relating to the effectiveness of different staking arrangements based on soil conditions. It can also help you work out what staking method is required on a particular site.
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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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