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Constructing Better Health

Hello and farewell to CBH Board members

CBH would like to welcome two new members to the CBH Board. Vaughan Hart from the Scottish Building Federation and Andy Sneddon representing UKCG.

Andy is the Group Health, Safety and Environmental Director of VINCI Construction UK, a division of VINCI SA who are the world’s largest multinational construction contractor. Previously Andy worked for BNFL, BAA, and Tesco in Senior HSE roles. During his time as H&S Policy Director for the Construction Confederation, Andy was on the management board of the original CBH Pilot Scheme.

Andy is also a representative of UKCG, the UK Contractors Group. It is the primary association for contractors and their supply chains in the UK.  UKCG collaborates through diverse channels to give itself a voice to government, the rest of the UK construction industry and society at large.

He says: ‘I think it is a great time to join the Board of CBH and we have an opportunity to broaden the appeal and value of the organisation in the coming years. I am pleased to able to give a voice to UKCG members and hopefully we can shape a strategy to make CBH a catalyst for sustained breakthroughs on occupational health in the industry.’

Vaughan Hart joined the Scottish Building Federation in October 2006, as the Head of Employment Affairs, Deputy Chief Executive and latterly the Managing Director since January of 2013. Vaughan is a professional Human Resources, Learning and Development Practitioner, specialising in Employment Law and Employee Relations. He also plays a keen and active role supporting the work of CITB through the Industry’s Scottish Observatory Group, the Scottish Advisory Committee and the National Construction College’s (NCC) Advisory Committee.

Vaughan comments on his appointment to the CBH Board: ‘I am delighted to be working with CBH in order to assist in opening and strengthening the dialogue between the Scottish construction industry and CBH’s consistent efforts to improve the standards of work- related health for the UK.  I look forward to supporting CBH’s continued development as champions for work-related health which is vital for the construction industry’s future sustained prosperity.’

CBH would also like to take this opportunity to express grateful thanks and farewell to Martin Rooney, who has served on the CBH Board for the last year.  Martin leaves the construction industry for a new sector and we wish him well in his new professional endeavours.


Members' news - new style certificate being issued

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The old style CBH certificates are being phased out and being replaced with a standard document for all categories of membership.

Furthermore, from 1st April 2014, existing CE and OH membership numbers will be phased out and new numbers will be reissued.


CHAT FAQs - Once a person has had a health check what information do I get to see?

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We continue our FAQ guidelines for using CHAT in this issue by addressing information visibility.

When someone has had their health checks or health surveillance, and given consent, the results of the health checks/surveillance are uploaded by your Occupational Health (OH) Provider into the national OH database. 

Only CBH Accredited OH Providers have access to the national OH database and can upload the results of the health checks/surveillance. It is the health record that is created from the OH uploads that is transferred through to CHAT2 and Check A Card (CAC).  The health record contains no medical in confidence/clinical data and furthermore, this information stays on the national OH database and is only available to accredited CBH OH Providers.  The health record reflects an individual’s last health check and the next one due, their fitness and any advice or recommendations relating to the individual’s fitness to work given by the OH professional.  The advice, or recommendations, are given to help both the individual, and the company to manage any health conditions and must be taken into consideration when tasking that individual with work.  This protects the individual, helping them to stay in work and reducing absenteeism due to work-related ill health.

In CAC there are no personal details available depending on who has authority to check on health surveillance progress.  If it is there is a direct line of employment, employers will have access to information for:

•         Health surveillance
•         Safety Critical Worker Assessment
•         Statutory Medicals

If there is an indirect line of employment, e.g. involving subcontractors, there is only access to the following:

•         Safety Critical Worker Assessment
•         Statutory Medicals

This is because the employer should already have taken into consideration any information for covering the health surveillance when tasking an individual with work.

For further information on health records and medical confidentiality in Construction then please see the HSE website:

CBH will never divulge or reveal confidential work-related health data to unauthorised third parties.


Advertise your OHSP or work-related health training events with CBH


CBH has started a new online training and events diary. If you are an accredited CBH member, or you have a relevant upcoming event of interest, we can post them on our website for you to share.

If you would like to send information on an event for posting on the CBH website, please send email it to


Lead no longer a danger on site? Think again...

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Are you unwittingly endangering your health, that of your employees and even the public? That’s a loaded question about a specific health hazard that is potentially lethal to health in the construction industry. It is all around us, hiding in plain sight, seemingly under the radar just waiting for its next victim. We are talking about Lead dust hazards.

Disturbance of previously lead-painted surfaces and other lead containing materials (LCMs) is a toxic risk and can reduce lung function. Furthermore it can irreversibly damage the brain, nervous system and other essential organs.  It can harm fertility and cause neurological and development problems - especially in children. It has also been linked to cancer.  Shouldn’t you learn more about managing it on site to safeguard workers’ health as well as that of the immediate public?

CBH is hosting four ‘Managing Construction Lead Hazards’ courses in central London during 2014.

•         Wednesday 30th April
•         Thursday 12th June
•         Wednesday 17th September
•         Wednesday 22nd October

Book your place by completing the online booking form. 

In-house courses are also available. Please contact us for details.

The fee for this course is £225 for CBH members, £295 for non-members.


Launching the Government’s new Health and Work Service


The government is launching the Health and Work Service in 2014. It will provide occupational health advice and support for employees, employers and GPs to help individuals with a health condition to stay in or return to work.

Through education and collaboration, this cross government initiative will seek support from  employers, trade unions and healthcare professionals to foster healthier workplaces, better work-related health practice and employment opportunities for people suffering from work-related ill health or disability.

There are two elements to the service which will commence in late 2014:

Assessment: Once the employee has reached, or is expected to reach, four weeks of sickness absence they will normally be referred by their GP for an assessment by an occupational health professional, who will look at all the issues preventing the employee from returning to work.

Advice: Employers, employees and GPs will be able to access advice via a phone line and website.

To find out more about this new initiative and how it can positively impact you or your organisation visit:


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions


In every issue of the newsletter CBH shares legal or enforcement updates that impact on work-related health issues. Below are items that our readers might find of interest.

HSE dust risk enforcements rocket in 2013. Read more:

New design reduces silica dust exposure and MSD risk. Read more:


New members round-up

Andrew Wiggins

Jerram Falkus Construction Ltd

P J Harte Ltd

GDC Building Services Ltd

Braybrook Ltd

MRL Services (NW) Ltd

Pavel Babincak

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