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10 years of Altius: A look back on the success so far...

Posted by Gary Plant on Oct 11, 2017 4:00:00 PM

This year, Altius are celebrating 10 years in business. After a busy few months at Altius HQ, we wanted to take the time to reflect on the past decade of success. 

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Step-by-step guide to managing subcontractors effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on Oct 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

With big projects, it’s necessary for you to look for extra help, but with it comes extra responsibilities. As a contract manager, you need to manage the project which involves planning, coordination, while remaining in control of the various tasks that take place to complete the project, which can be a lot to handle, on top of daily duties.

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Topics: Contractors

5 things you are responsible for if you’re managing subcontractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Sep 13, 2016 8:50:40 AM

As subcontractors aren’t full-time, or regular employees of your business, it can sometimes be a difficult task to manage their roles and responsibilities, on top of your daily job. But, it’s important that you monitor them as much as you do your own employees, if not more.

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Topics: Contractors

10 essential guidelines for hiring contractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Deciding to outsource work is sometimes necessary for a business, if the job falls outside your realms of expertise for instance. You need to remember that who you’re hiring is representing your business to the client, and that you’re completely responsible for the work carried out, whether you did it, or not.

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Topics: Contractors

Top examples of OSHA fines for contractors in 2016

Posted by Gary Plant on Sep 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

On our blog recently we have talked a lot about the importance of health and safety and ensuring that precautions are taken to create the safest working environment for contractors possible. From health and safety assessments, to training, there’s a lot that can be done to mitigate risk for workers, but what happens when protocol isn’t followed correctly?

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Topics: Contractors

How to ensure the safe working of contractors in three steps

Posted by Gary Plant on Sep 2, 2016 12:00:00 PM

No matter what the job is, or how fast you need it to be completed, health and safety of your contractors is a step that you cannot skip. Organisations that use contractors, or subcontractors have a responsibility under Health and Safety Law to protect them from harm that could be caused by company work activities.

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Topics: Contractors

DBS checks for contractors: A guide for housing associations

Posted by Gary Plant on Jul 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Every discipline that a contractor resides within will have specific industry standards that they must meet in order to carry out their job, but aside from these, within the housing association, there are internal standards and requirements that contractors must meet. For example, if a contractor is going to come into contact with a vulnerable person, such as the elderly or children, they need to be DBS checked.

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Topics: Housing Association

Modern Slavery Act: 5 steps to compliant social housing contractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

As of January 2016 the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) is in force. The MSA aims to combat crimes of slavery and human trafficking by creating criminal offences and powers of enforcement.

Modern Slavery Act definition

The MSA says that businesses have a role to play in reducing slavery, and has imposed obligations on large organisations, including housing associations, to publish a statement at the end of each financial year that proves they have no involvement with slavery or human trafficking.

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Topics: Housing Association

Health and safety manager’s guide to monitoring social housing contractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Jun 14, 2016 8:27:45 AM

Keeping on top of all your social housing contractors can be a tough task, especially when you have to oversee a variety of areas, from plumbers, electricians to even window cleaners. Every project that each of your contractors’ works on is different, with different policies, requirements and targets.

But, by having a stringent process in place for monitoring your contractors, you can make your job a little easier, and the management of contractors a lot more effective.

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Topics: Housing Association

How to conduct your social housing contractors audit effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on May 24, 2016 4:43:50 PM
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Topics: Housing Association

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