Health and Safety

Setting Standards

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 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. 

Design for Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Designers can play an essential role in driving improvements in health and safety in construction. These two sources of information have some useful resources on designing for health and safety:

  • The Design Best Practice Website has a wealth of good and best practice case studies on a wide range of topics around health, safety and wellbeing.

  • The Designers’ Initiative on Health and Safety (DIOHAS) is a group of representatives from major architectural practices, other construction disciplines and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

    Their website contains some useful resources, including CDM guidance sheets on Proportionate and Practicable CDM for Designers.

Examples of Good Practice
Mental Health

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.

Skanska Mental Health Infographic

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.

Delivering London 2012 Health and Safety


This paper provides a summary of the approach to the management of health and safety taken by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and its supply chain

Internal Notification of Construction Projects

This Landsec document is to be completed for all construction projects 

     Control of Substances Hazardous
               to Health (COSHH)