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Constructing Better Health

Land Securities becomes the latest corporate CBH member


Land Securities, a FTSE 100 company, is the latest construction industry hard-hitter to join CBH as a corporate member for the benefit of its supply chain.

Land Securities is the UK's largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).They a commercial property portfolio worth approximately £10.3bn (as at 31 March 2012) and provide property services to over 2500 private and public sector clients.

Clive Johnson, Health and Safety Director at Land Securities is an active member of the Construction Clients Group (CCG) representing them on CONIAC and chairing the CCG Health and Safety Task Group where he leads by example. Clive comments about Land Securities joining CBH:  "Looking after the health of the construction workforce is key if we are serious about achieving zero harm. Land Securities have taken the decision to mandate membership of CBH to all levels within our supply chain as the most positive impact we can make as a client in raising the profile and bringing health to the same level of improvement achieved in safety."

Michelle Aldous, CEO of CBH says: “Land Securities is such an influential member of the property development community in the U.K.  They are sending out a message loud and clear that they consider their supply chain’s worker health a vital part of their business success. We at CBH look forward to helping them achieve their occupational health goals.”



Responsible Persons' Training Day

CBH ran the pilot training course for Responsible Persons at their Crawley Offices in December . The course focussed on simple skin, vibration and respiratory monitoring as a first line response to health risks in the workplace using basic questionnaires and simple inspections.

The main aims of the course were to raise awareness of CBH , workplace health risks for skin, vibration and respiratory  conditions and identification of those at risk.  The course encouraged the use of the CBH occupational health management tool, CHAT.

The objectives of this course were to ensure that Responsible Persons health checks are carried out safely and effectively and that resulting data is uploaded onto the CHAT system. It also highlighted the need to cover identification of health risks requiring RP checks and workers in further need of medical attention.

Responsible persons who identify a health issue must then report this to the Occupational Health service provider for action/treatment.

At the end of the course, participants complete an assessment and must score 75% to be awarded a certificate of accomplishment.

Feedback from the course was positive. Among the comments were:

“I think that the content contained does not want any editing of subject matter to decrease it.“

“Yes it has provided more confidence to enable constructive workplace assessments and discussions to take place with employees.”

“If the course could be ratified by a professional body and thus allow external credibility to it and certificates to denote this. I also think the course should try and retain attendee numbers to no more than 10 maximum to allow interaction and discussion to take place.”

There are more Responsible Persons Training courses to come. Watch this space.


Occupational Health Director Jane Coombs departs CBH

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Jane Coombs, Occupational Health Director at CBH leaves us to pursue other professional projects and pursuits.

Jane joined CBH as a consultant in 2010, and then as a full time team member in 2011.  During that time has proved a valued asset to our organisation. Her experience, expertise and ability to source winning OH solutions for our members will be very much missed.

While Jane will not be working with CBH on a full time basis, she will maintain a connection with us as a special consultant. Nevertheless we wish her every success with her ensuing projects.



The Industry Standards have been resized to a compact A5

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CBH is listening to you. After consultation with and feedback from with the industry, CBH has reprinted the Industry Standards in a handy A5 size.

A copy of the new sized Standards is available for £20 to non CBH members and £15 for CBH members.   Please visit the CBH shop to order your copy now.



The burden of occupational cancers in the construction industry


CBH has been informed of a new initiative by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) aimed at improving the levels of protection against occupational cancers. This is a key priority of HSE’s Construction Programme. Unfortunately the management of health risks in construction has not kept pace with improvements in safety performance. The HSE is making a concerted effort to reduce this gap through industry partnership initiatives such as the CONIAC Health Risks Working Group.

The CONIAC Health Risks Working Group aims to raise awareness of common health risks and influence behaviour to eliminate health hazards or improve control of health risks. The group has invested considerable time and effort to identify what occupational health means to different stakeholders and its different interpretations. The group is developing guidance for employers, and service providers on the definition and practical requirements of ‘occupational health’, as it applies to the construction industry.

Perhaps the biggest and most significant obstacle in building awareness is the long latency of most health related conditions. Unlike safety issues, there is generally no immediate consequence to most health risks. Many cancers for example can take up to decades to develop; this contributes to a complacent attitude toward preventing the risk of work related cancers among employees and employers alike.

According to the HSE, the alarming facts are that in 2010-11 more than three times as many working days were lost due to workplace ill-health (1.7 million) than due to workplace injury (0.5 million). Whilst there were 49 fatal injuries to construction workers in 2010-11, each year there may be as many as 100 times as many workers lives lost through occupational disease.

If you would like to find out more about the CONIAC Health Risks Working Group and indeed assist in its efforts to reduce the incidence of ill-health in construction, please contact: Ian Strudley, Tel: 01256 404085 / 07798 882185,  e-mail:



CBH consulting GP Dr Geoff Davies retires

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Dr Geoff Davies, a stalwart CBH team member is retiring. Geoff has worked with CBH since 2007 as our Occupational Medicine Consultant.

After qualifying in Medicine from Nottingham University in 1975 Geoff served in the RAF for 22 years, He began his career in Primary Care and GP Vocational Training before specialising in Occupational Medicine.  

In recent years, Geoff has been developing a Consultancy business, Lacon OH Consultancy. He has also been supporting COHPA to help develop the OH services industry in general.

We would like to extend our thanks to Geoff for all his expert help and support to CBH in the last six years.



CBH seeks candidate for Scheme Advisor role

CBH is looking for the ideal candidate to fill a new role in its team – Scheme Advisor.

Because the CBH scheme and membership are steadily developing their reach across the construction sector, continued partnership and relationship- building with our members is essential.

This new role requires someone who understands the issues of work related health, relevant procedures and policy. Moreover they need to engage with members at all levels and impart a thorough knowledge of the CBH scheme as necessary.  The role also involves some travel.

For full application details of the Scheme Advisor position offered by CBH, please look at the Careers Opportunities  section on the CBH website.



New CBH team members

Even though  we are saying goodbye to two valued members of the CBH team, in our next issue,  we will introduce our readers to new team members joining us.

Watch this space for the team update!



Training events and diary

In this issue CBH is launching a new section in the newsletter announcing training and other events of interest.  Our first listing is training dates for the 2013 Mental Health Awareness Workshops hosted by Workways. These half-day workshops can be delivered to groups of your staff at your premises and are also available here at Workways:

  • Being Mindful - specifically geared towards managers and others responsible for staff
  • Being Aware - for staff who serve your customers and clients
  • Keeping Well - for people with some prior knowledge about mental health who want to help people maintain their wellbeing
  • Benefits Overview - for advisors and staff with limited knowledge of the UK benefits and tax credit systems

For a full schedule of these talks please see the Workways website.



Report reviewing Point of Care Testing for Drug Use


CBH would like to share a recent report  that  examines the main issues around PoCTs (Point of Care Testing) devices for Drug Use.

This report was kindly sent to us by Dr. Dan Hegarty of Express Medicals Ltd who thought it might be of interest to our members.  If you would like to read this report you can find it on the CBH website.

A conference on the subject of PoCTs will be organised at Imperial College London during the last week of April 2013. Further details will be available in the CBH training diary.

Free tickets can be requested directly  from Express Medicals : or



Online shop sale extended until end of February

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The CBH online shop Christmas sale has proven to be a great success. Therefore after much persuasion we have decided to extend it until the end of February.

Just to remind our readers, you will be able to purchase the best of CBH’s supporting materials for less than half price.

One set each of the Tool Box Talks, posters and Management Guidance Notes will cost only £125 + VAT and postage. (The regular price is usually £360 + VAT.)

Of course members will receive their 30% discount.  Availability operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Make the most of our sale and visit the CBH online shop now!



Government announces occupational health service to tackle sickness absence


CBH has discovered that employers will be able to make use of a new independent assessment and advisory service in order to address sickness absence and get employees back to work as part of measures unveiled by the Government.

For further information please see the following article in Personnel Today magazine :



New members round-up

  • Lambert Smith Hampton x 2 Independents
  • RJC UK Ltd
  • KN Network Services
  • Eurotestconsult UK Ltd
  • Molegrove Civils Ltd
  • Severfield Reeve
  • C J Page Ltd - Chris Page S/E


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