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Constructing Better Health


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CBH - sponsors of the 2014 Construction News Awards and the Constructing Excellence Awards.


Happy 2014 to our readers!

The CBH team would like to wish its readers a very happy and prosperous New Year. To all of you who supported us in 2013, we appreciate it. Please continue to spread the word about what we’re doing for work-related health in the construction industry – share our newsletter, Twitter and Linkedin feeds and send the message that work-related health really matters!
We look forward to doing great things with you in 2014!


CBH welcomes John Jackson as its newest Board member

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CBH is delighted to welcome John Jackson as the newest member of the CBH Board. John brings with him a wealth of experience in the construction industry including Health & Safety training and expert knowledge of legislation. He has served in various organisations and committees specialising in improving work-related health in the UK. He is a member of the Health & Safety Institute, the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and is the President Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) for the Canterbury branch, to name a few.

The CBH team looks forward to his contribution to helping CBH move forward.


CBH – official sponsor of the 2014 Construction News Awards and Constructing Excellence Awards


CBH is proud to be an official supporter of outstanding practice in construction by sponsoring two industry awards this year. 

We are sponsoring the category for Supply Chain Excellence in the Construction News Awards; recognising collaborative performance across a supply chain, where members have worked together towards common goals and can demonstrate improved performance as a result. 

We are also sponsoring the Health & Safety Award category in the Constructing Excellence Awards, which recognises exemplary work-related safety and health practices.

By sponsoring these awards, CBH hopes to do its part in supporting good work-related health practice to a wider industry audience.  It is important to us that those who are leading by example are highlighted to encourage others to follow. Many of our members use CBH resources to improve work-related health standards in their construction supply chains. Without them leading the way, changing behaviours about work-related health risk management would not be possible in the U.K.

If you would like to share your organisation’s work-related health initiatives and triumphs, why not enter the Construction News Awards?  Be a leader in the industry and share the knowledge. For entry information and deadlines, visit:


CHAT2 update - new permissions model now available for reports


As part of CBH’s commitment to the development and improvement of its IT systems, we have introduced a new process for the management of which reports your CHAT users are able to run.

Company administrators of the CHAT system will now be able to select from the list of available reports those that individual CHAT users can use. We hope this will provide the flexibility for administrators to ensure that a user only have access to those reports that support their role in the company.

Selection of reports in done by assigning/un-assigning report permissions to a user.

CHAT Administrators can download a more detailed guide to using the new Report Management process from the Members area.


Get CBH online support on work-related health issues


Did you know that you could access the CBH Adviceline, via our website?

We launched the free National Construction Adviceline in 2012 for the Construction Industry to help employers, managers, contractors and employees to quickly and effectively address the impact and causes of work-related ill health. 

If you need advice, a live-chat session or want to ask a question, visit our online Adviceline service. CBH is here to help you! Click:  National Construction Adviceline

You can always telephone the Adviceline if you prefer! 0345 873 7726.


Talking about CHAT – FAQs answered

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In order to help our CHAT2 users get the best from this resource, CBH has gone through its frequently asked questions for snapshot guidance. In this issue we address the following:

Question - My OH Provider says they can’t see my employees to upload their health checks but I know they are in CHAT2. This is something that comes up quite regularly.  If you know that you have uploaded that person, normally there are two reasons why this problem occurs.

If you want to know the solutions to this problem, click here
If you’ve had to resort to either of the solutions we offer,  you can then go back to your OH Provider to let them know that they should now be able to see your employee, and to upload the results of the health checks/surveillance from now on.


Lead Training Course a winner. Stay tuned for the next one!

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The dangers of lead treated surfaces remain under the radar most of the time. That is why CBH hosted ‘Managing Construction Lead Hazards’ in January. The one day course was aimed at Project supervisors, Managers, Operatives and Health & Safety Advisers and was a well-received sell-out!

The course informed about the potential dangers to workers and others from inhaling or ingesting lead dust - even in microscopic quantities.  It also addressed the legal duties of employers and employees who manage risks arising from the disturbance of lead containing materials (LCMs).  Finally, it highlighted what measures to take to operate a ‘lead-safe’ work system.

Stay tuned for information on the next course which we will publish in the newsletter. Don’t miss your chance to find out how to protect yourself and your workers against Lead dust dangers.


Construction News reports on CBH and Balfour Beatty combatting work-related ill health


With their 10th December issue, Construction News published a case study in their accompanying Yearbook reporting on the positive changes that Balfour Beatty Rail is making for the benefit of their workers, with help from CBH.

Balfour Beatty Rail  have put new a medical assessment programme in place to address the work-related health needs of staff ranging from trackside safety critical workers, to HGV drivers, plant operators and tool operators. The greatest benefit is that by using the CBH systems and CHAT (Construction Health Action Toolkit), health monitoring is easily managed at site level, ensuring that no worker’s needs are omitted. Gerard McLoughlin at Balfour Beatty Rail shares his insights about the changes, how they cover every area of risk and how they are positively affecting the employees’ wellbeing already.

If you would like to read this case study click here.


CBH and the Lighthouse Charity

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CBH would like to signpost the work of the Lighthouse Charity to our members and readers. 

CBH will be supporting Lighthouse because of its work to rehabilitate workers who have been injured or suffer work-related ill health in the construction industry. This ties in with the values and vision of CBH to improve the health of the construction industry workforce. We at CBH think it is important what Lighthouse does and hope you will give them your support too.  To find out more about the Lighthouse and its work, visit:


CBH attends Occupational Health in Construction Event


On 27th November, Polly Begy represented CBH at an event dedicated to work-related health in construction. It was hosted by Working Well Together and held at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

The event aimed to inform about health and safety risks facing the construction industry today as well as managing them on site. It was well attended by local builders, health and safety managers and other members of the construction industry.  The CBH stand was visited by many of the attendees, curious to find out more about our work and contribution to work-related health in construction.


HSE updated guidance on controlling hazardous substances in the workplace


In an effort to help businesses comply with legal requirements, the HSE has published new guidance on hazardous substances in the workplace. The HSE has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) aimed at supervisory staff, managers, safety representatives and technical specialists.
To read more about this update please visit :


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions


CBH shares the knowledge of legal updates regarding work-related health. Here are some items that may be of interest to our readers.

Court ruling on determination of ‘disability’:  It has been ruled that it is not sufficient to rely on Occupational Health opinion that an employee is not disabled on the basis of general questions. An employer must ask specific practical questions directed to the particular circumstances of the alleged disability. To read more about this ruling, see:



New members round-up

Contractor Members:

Hollandia B.V
Littlewood Fencing Ltd
Mabey Hire Ltd
Paint Inspection Ltd
The Image Group
Winjam Developments Ltd

New OHSPs:

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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