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Constructing Better Health

CBH supports Breathe Freely campaign – launching today


CBH is proud to be a supportive partner of the Breathe Freely campaign which launches today, 28th April.

Due to the extremely high risks of contracting lung disease and cancers in the construction industry, CBH, along with BOHS and our other partners want to take action and share knowledge that safeguard construction worker health.

Through this campaign we will highlight the continuing need to value our construction workforce whose lives are at constant risk of lung disease, often fatally.

To find out more about the Breathe Freely Campaign objectives and supporters please read the official press release here

It’s time to take action – will you get involved?


CBH and JIB partner to benefit 12,000 operatives in electrical industry


CBH and the JIB (Joint Industry Board) have formed a ground-breaking new partnership to help address the work-related health needs of an estimated 12,000 operatives in the electrical industry.

This collaboration will give JIB members access to CBH’s occupational health management system CHAT (Construction Health Action Toolkit) to enable tailored and efficient management programmes of workers’ health requirements at site level.  Members will also have access to the National Advice Line along with other appropriate CBH membership benefits such as training and toolbox talks.

To find out more about CBH and the JIB, read the official press release here:


New updates on CHAT V2 available

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To help CHAT users find a person we have added the capability for users to enter an employee’s UK driving licence number or passport number on the Employee Cards tab. These additional data items can be used to search for a person, for example, in the Check a Card application.

These numbers can be used wherever a user can enter a competency card number.

To see a visualisation visit our Linkedin page.


Farewell to Polly Begy

We bid a fond farewell and thanks to Polly Begy who is leaving CBH for pastures new.  Polly has been our Operations Manager for two years and a supporter of CBH since the original pilot scheme was launched back in 2001.

We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for contribution as a CBH team member.


CHAT FAQs - What are 'user permissions'?

In the previous issue of the newsletter we explained the three different types of CHAT2 administrator, allowing users to set up their CHAT2 system to gain maximum benefit.  However, as well as having different administrator levels, you can change the permissions on each of these levels respectively.

A good rule of thumb is: if you can’t access something on the system, check the permission settings first.

So what might permissions affect? Permissions can affect what reports you are able to run from CHAT2 to whether an administrator can view or edit an employee’s details to being able to access a site or division.

You can change permissions for an entire level of administrator (e.g. division users) by clicking ‘managing user roles’ within 'my company'.

Alternatively, you can change permissions for an individual administrator account, simply by selecting their record and clicking on the permission tab along the top of their file. Whether you are changing a group setting or an individual account, you just need to select or deselect the relevant options you want to change.

Always click ‘done’ when you have made your required changes to save them for next time.


New IOSH research shows the real risk of skin cancer caused by working outdoors


It's time to rethink the real dangers of a little sunburn according to IOSH’s No Time to Lose Campaign.

New research commissioned by IOSH reveals the alarming scale of skin cancer suffered by outdoor workers in industries such as construction, agriculture and leisure.

As many as five people a day on average in the UK are being diagnosed with a form of skin cancer contracted at work. For those of us campaigning to improve work-related health in construction this is serious cause for concern.

To find out more about the IOSH study read the official press release.

To help raise awareness of and tackle sun exposure risks you can download the Solar Radiation Pack from the No Time To Lose website.


Medical Surveillance required for Non-licensed Asbestos Workers


Hot off the press from the HSE:  there are new medical surveillance requirements for non-licensed asbestos workers.

By 30 April 2015, all workers carrying out NNLW (Notifiable Non-licensed Work) will need to have a medical examination. Examinations will then need to be repeated at least every 3 years, as long as the worker continues to do NNLW. After April 2015, workers carrying out NNLW for the first time will have to have an examination before they can start such work.

Please read the full document on the HSE website and make sure you are complying with the new rules:


Legal News - work related health prosecutions and enforcements


In every issue of the newsletter we like to share legal news and enforcement updates relating to work-related health in construction. Here are a few items that may be of interest to our readers:

Property owner ignored asbestos risk;

Contractor lacked license and failed basic precautions:

Progress on government Health & Safety reforms:

New CDM Regulations have been published:


New members round-up

ABA Cranes Ltd

ALS Civil Engineers Ltd

Brian McDonough

Brian Taylor

Darren Tinkler

David Wiper

Doherty Paving Services Ltd

Dornan Engineering Ltd

EEG Utilities Ltd

Entrance Matting Systems Ltd

Environmental  Scientifics Limited

Fairway Interiors Ltd

Fugro Seacore Ltd

Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL)

Hambleton Steel Ltd

Hawk Crane Hire Ltd

Ian Farmer Associates (1998) Limited

In Situ Site Investigation Ltd

Insight Health Screening Ltd

Lanes Group Plc

Premier Road Markings Ltd


Soldata Ltd

Teward Bros Ltd

Timothy Purdham

Trackwork Ltd

WYG Environmental Planning Transport Ltd


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