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Leading building services trade bodies provide joint health and safety regional events A series of four practical ‘Health and Safety Focus Forums’ have been launched by the two leading building services trade bodies, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA). The four events are being run across England and Wales, with the schedule as follows: · Thursday 11 February – Newport, Wales · Thursday 25 February – Stratford City, London · Thursday 14 April – Rugby, Midlands · Thursday 21 April – Leeds, Yorkshire The events will include key technical updates on core health and safety issues such as CDM 2015, and imminent changes to the health and safety Sentencing Council guidelines. ECA Director of Business Services Paul Reeve commented: “The health and safety performance of our members is of paramount importance and we look forward to working closely with the BESA to ensure that building services contractors receive cost-effective, up-to-date and high quality health and safety guidance. “Working closely with the BESA on these events is an exciting development, as part of wider collaboration to raise awareness and lead the way on health and safety issues across the building services sector.” BESA Technical Director Tim Rook added: “Adherence to best health and safety practice is crucial to all reputable businesses – and represents a key element in the independent competence assessment regime with which all existing and aspiring BESA members must comply.” “By partnering with the ECA in this important enterprise, the BESA is making a valuable contribution to the raising of health and safety standards across building engineering services and the wider construction industry.” The four events are completely free to members of the ECA and the BESA, and there is a £150 fee (ex. VAT) for other building services contractors. To sign up, or to find out more about these events, please click here.