As a Client, commissioning construction projects, you play a pivotal role through your current contracts with Principal contractors to ensure that your projects fully meet the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM).
The key question is, how do you ensure that Principal and all sub-contractors engaged in the supply chain on your projects are managing their operatives’ occupational health effectively?
Health & Safety is recognised in organisations of all sizes, however what is the balance in that of your construction supply chain? Chances are the ratio is 95% safety and 5% Health. The phrase Health & Safety is two key words and that’s how the balance should be 50/50. Of course no one wants accidents on site, these are instant and always make the headlines, however, work-related health issues are not so visible. There are many health risks that workers on your construction projects are potentially exposed to on a daily basis, and all employers in the supply chain have a duty of care to ensure that employees are fit for the task they are undertaking, which may include being in a programme of occupational health surveillance. This calls for a proven, robust management solution.
Clients play a key part in the promotion of good practice for work related health throughout the construction supply chain.
Our focus is across all areas of construction, with particular emphasis on Rail, Roads, Airports, Utilities, Education, Health, Defence, Environment, Housing, Sports, Retail and Commercial, in both the public and private sectors.
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The benefits to the industry and workforce are already being realised by our major clients.
“Protecting the health of construction workers is of critical importance to Crossrail and occupational health has a key role to play in identifying and controlling health risks.
Through the adoption of Constructing Better Health standards and the implementation of Crossrail’s own occupational health standard we are targeting frontline personnel to ensure they are fit for work and fit for life.”
Andy Mitchell, Programme Director