Every year many construction site workers are killed or injured as a result of their work; others suffer ill health, such as musculoskeletal disorders, lung disease and mental health. The hazards are not restricted to those working on sites, members of the public are also killed or injured because construction activities have not been adequately controlled.
Not only is there a legal and moral obligation to protect workers, accidents and ill health have a financial cost, and the business case for improving performance is absolutely clear.
Clients have a leading role to play in ensuring health and safety is a priority on all projects, and should set the standards which their contractors and indeed all in their supply chain have to adhere to.
Many clients are already leading the way and we are pleased to share a range of examples of standards and other useful information on the main areas within health and safety.
The standards we publish fall into one of three levels: ‘Industry-accepted standards’, ‘Emerging and well-established standards, promoted by leading clients and suppliers', and 'Clients’ and suppliers’ examples of valued best practice’.
We are keen to add to this from as many sources as possible, so if you have examples we could share on this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
Raising the bar on occupational health management in construction
A consistent approach to occupational health management and health surveillance is needed across construction, with a commitment to better training and improved portability of occupational health data.
Major projects are critical to raising health management standards, but good practices need to be universally adopted in small- to medium-sized enterprises to achieve lasting improvement.
Following research on major construction projects, this paper proposes a range of interventions on occupational health management, illustrated by examples from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in London, UK.
Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Construction
The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, has recently published a survey report entitled: “Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Construction Culture - Systems and Procedures in a Changing Environment”.
The construction industry is facing multiple challenges due to a variety of factors:
Clients are more sophisticated, which is reflected in their demands
Projects are becoming more complex
There is an increasing number of ‘megaprojects’
For contractors, this means numerous challenges in ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and supply chains. This report provides a highly informative view of the issues faced in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (OHSW) in the construction industry, and the changes needed to overcome the challenges. The following bullet points provide a summary of the key points: the full report can be downloaded here.
Examples of Good Practice
Constituent Elements of a Robust Mental Health Plan
The CCLG encourage all members to engage in developing a robust mental health programme in partnership with their suppliers. This guide sets out the specific areas which need to be addressed as part of any mental health programme.
Mates in Mind is a mental health initiative for the construction industry which aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry.
Royal Mail case study outlining their approach to mental health.
Skanska CEO Gregor Craig interview - why mental health matters and how Skanska are approaching this for their workers.
Design for Life report - This report from British Land quantifies for the first time, the potential economic benefits of designing places for mental wellbeing. It also outlines a route map for putting health and wellbeing at the heart of development.
Health & Safety Strategies and Planning
Crossrail Health and Safety Standard
This Health and Safety Charter was developed alongside industry partners and stakeholders to set out Crossrail’s expected standards for health and safety.
This Landsec document is to be completed for all construction projects
Unite the Union Health and Safety guidance on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
Health in Industry Management standard
This is a self-assessment tool from BOHS's Breathe Freely campaign which aims to help you assess how well you are performing in terms of managing health risks, and where you need to focus going forwads
CDM & Compliance
Embedding CDM 2015 - the Principal Designer role - presentation by the HSE
Crossrail Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Procedure
This procedure describes the Control Points used by Crossrail to provide assurance that all applicable Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) duties have been discharged