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Constructing Better Health

Michelle Aldous profiled in HSW magazine

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Our CEO, Michelle Aldous, featured in the ‘Career Path’ column of Health & Safety at Work magazine (HSW) on 1st August. It’s an interview giving a snapshot of her career in work related health and safety, including her experience to her aspirations. Why not find out more about our CEO and follow the link.



Hot off the press... new President announced at Faculty of Occupational Medicine


The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has today announced that its next President is to be Dr Richard Heron FRCP FFOM, who is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President Health for BP across the world. 

He is the immediate past President of the Society of Occupational Medicine and has been centrally involved in the discussions between the Faculty and the Society about the potential to create a new single organisation for occupational health in the UK. For more information about this news see


HSE hosts free Construction Dust seminar - book now!


We recently reported that CBH joined the Construction Dust Partnership to raise awareness of the dangers of dust to construction worker health. 500 workers per year die from the effects of inhaling dust from materials such as concrete, wood, mortar, gypsum or sandstone.

It is therefore very timely to share that the HSE is hosting a free seminar on September 20th to remind construction employers about the dangers of dust inhalation.

The seminar is organised by the Working Well Together group and will take place in Coalville, Leicestershire, to increase awareness among managers and supervisors about health effects associated with dusts, such as silicosis. It will focus on protective measures such as extraction systems, water suppression, and respiratory protection.

If you would like to book a place at the event click:

For anyone unable to attend but wants to find out more, click the link below for a free HSE information sheet:


CBH improves Network Rail worker health management at Birmingham New Street project


Michelle Aldous attended an event hosted by Network Rail to launch a programme to educate and inspire their staff about health related risks whilst working on the Birmingham New Street project.

This work related health programme was launched by Network Rail and the project’s main delivery partner Mace to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in this major construction project for the city.

The programme includes complimentary health check-ups and ongoing support from partner organisations, of which CBH is one. CBH has provided a unique suite of resources and support to enable better on-site management of the work-related health of Birmingham New Street project construction workers. CBH has positively impacted on a range of work related health concerns on the project; from hand-arm vibration risks to improved health of safety-critical workers to reduce risk of illness on the job.

The event launched a campaign to encourage improved lifestyle choices of Network Rail employees. A six week challenge has been set in partnership with Activity 4 Charity, with participants in teams of 5 attempting to each take 10,000 steps per day.


Meet Polly Begy at the Utility Week Health & Safety conference


If you’d like to do some networking with CBH, then meet our Operations Manager, Polly Begy at the Utility Week Health & Safety Conference. The conference takes place on 19th November at the NEC in Birmingham. It brings together health and safety professionals from water, electricity, gas utilities and contractors.

For more information about this event see

Polly will be available at the CBH stand, so go and talk to her about what CBH can do for your business and employee health!


Don't gloss over the dangers of Lead based paint!

Do you really know about the hidden dangers of lead based paint?  CBH would like to signpost the work of LIPSA, The Lead Paint Safety Association.

Although a building material of the past, lead based paint definitely remains one of the silent but deadly risks posed to individuals who are exposed to it wherever it is still found. The majority of those exposed to this widespread risk have little idea of the harm it is doing them, even at ‘low’ levels. There are often no visible clinical symptoms. When there are, they are easily mis-diagnosed.

Lead is a neuro-toxin that affects children’s IQ, learning, behaviour and development. Male and female fertility and pregnancies can also be affected. Chronic exposure can contribute to raised blood pressure and the early onset of dementia and other age-related diseases.

Lead paint is often ignored as an identifiable hazard on the construction or refurbishment site. However even when buried under layers of modern paint, lead paint when even mildly disturbed, is a serious hazard to health. This danger affects construction workers, painters and decorators, DIYers and occupants of affected buildings, including schools and social housing. Pregnant women and children are very highly susceptible to permanent damage.

CBH has invited Tristan Olivier of LIPSA to share key intelligence and advice on safe management of lead paint risks. Tristan will contribute brief, informative items to the CBH newsletter in future months. Watch this space, take heed and share the knowledge!

Find out more about lead paint dangers that you, your family or your employees might be exposed to! Visit the LIPSA website:


CBH updates CECA members

Michelle Aldous and Polly Begy presented at the CECA Health and Safety Committee meeting held at the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, to update members on the aims, progress to date and future plans of CBH.


There's still time to have your say on the ACOP Asbestos review


It’s not too late to contribute to the ACOP (Approved Code of Practice) Asbestos public consultation. If you haven't had the chance to send your comments yet, the closing date is 30 September 2013.

ACOP is keen to hear the thoughts of as many people as possible. Providing your feedback is quick and straightforward.

Visit and follow the instructions on screen.


Sharing work health updates from Express Medicals


As usual CBH is happy to share the latest occupational health news from various channels. Express Medicals is an expert provider of laboratory drug-testing services and POCTs (Point of Care Testing.)  Below is a link to their newsletter with useful information on Drugs and Alcohol, rail track worker safety and more.  Click this link: News update


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions


In each newsletter issue we try to share topical news about the legal enforcement of work related health.

This month, read about two recent prosecutions for employers’ failure to diagnose their workers’ Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS) symptoms; one employer is a very high profile brand. To see both articles:



CBH new members round-up

  • Specific Interiors Ltd
  • Rival 4 Limited
  • Gaysha Limited
  • Grangewood Builders


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