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Getting the message

I was encouraged to read the synopsis of Trevor Allen's paper to the BEIT conference on the reduction of bureaucracy and the need for co-operation (NCE 29 October) in construction.

At last there is a realisation that Latham, Egan and CDM are all saying the same thing: that team approach, co-ordination of information, and a raising of standards generally will bring economies and also improve health, safety and welfare.

We have already introduced the philosophy of Latham/Egan into our health and safety plans by highlighting welfare provision, and requiring detailed appraisal of likely accidents to be undertaken at the start of a project.

As for unnecessary bureaucracy, I recently proposed reducing the scale of all plans by 50% - a sweeping statement but the fact is many are rendered worthless by virtue of their size. We have a long way to go.

Finally the Joint Board of Moderators realises the need for a proper emphasis on the teaching of health and safety and has recently issued guidelines to universities.

John Carpenter, Symonds Group, Clarendon House, Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1BY.

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