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Constructing Better Health

Galliford Try win Supply Chain Excellence award at Construction News Awards

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As sponsors of the the Supply Chain Excellence category in the 2014 Construction News Awards, CBH would like to congratulate the winners - Galliford Try. On 17th July, they were honoured with other awards winners at a ceremony in London. The Supply Chain Excellence category recognised collaborative performance across a supply chain, where members worked together towards common goals and demonstrated improved performance as a result. 
Too see photos of the Construction News Awards ceremony, click:


Peter Crosland joins the CBH Board

CBH officially welcomes Peter Crosland as our newest Board Director.

Peter is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Water & Environmental Manager. His experience includes working within the Water Industry before moving into consultancy with a number of high profile organisations.

Peter is currently the National Civil Engineering Manager for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) where his role includes managing the Health & Safety and Environment Committees.

Closely involved with Construction Best Practice, Peter was Chairman of Yorkshire & Humber (Y&H) region for 6 years. He was a judge for national Constructing Excellence and regional awards and is still an active member of the Y&H club. Peter also sits on the Y&H Construction Industry Council steering group and he is a guest lecturer at Loughborough University on Construction Health & Safety.

Operating at Director level for over 10 years now, Peter has led and managed multi-discipline offices in a variety of sectors both in the U.K. and overseas.  He brings with him extensive construction industry experience and practised skills in contractual and financial management, strategy and business planning.  We look forward to his valuable contributions as a CBH Board member.


CBH to launch its new website this summer

CBH is launching its new look website this summer. will have a cleaner style, be easier to navigate and is designed to meet the online needs of all our members.  We also intend it to be an easy and informative introduction for online visitors wanting to learn more about CBH.

The key members-only areas have been revamped, including an updated CHAT users section offering guidelines, online help documents and easy access to the CHAT resource itself.

A new and exciting product will be accessible via the website, called the CBH Wellbeing Zone.  We will reveal more about it in our newsletter in due course.

There will also be a new and informative CBH blog tab, easily accessible on the homepage along with our other social media channel tabs.

Watch this space and stay tuned to our Twitter and Linkedin channels for news of the official launch of the new CBH website.

Happy navigating!


Continued excellence and life-saving App scoop SECBE Health & Safety Awards

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CBH had the pleasure of sponsoring the Health & Safety category of the 2014 SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards. On 3rd July, the winners were honoured at an awards ceremony in London at which CBH’s Michelle Aldous was in attendance to make the presentation.

We are delighted to announce that the overall winner is HETCo, a Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O'Rourke JV.  They were recognised for their exemplary health and safety practice yet again, for applying such a high standard throughout a large project. It was noted that “by harnessing collaboration and empowering everyone to ‘do the right thing’, setting a clear strategy and driving continuous improvement, they created a ‘one team’ mentality.”

A special Judges Commendation for Personal Achievement was awarded to Paul Haddell of Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald for his ‘Near Miss’ App. Paul, a drainage engineer, created the app to enable anonymous, on-the-spot reporting of ‘near miss’ site incidents and hazards that often get forgotten under the premise of ‘I’ll report it later’.

The Near Miss app allows users to photograph the risk, send it immediately to Health & Safety teams and even has a GPS function for accurate identification of the hazard location. Paul was recognised for his contribution in “ensuring that everyone returns home safely to their family and friends.”  The app is available on Blackberry and Android and is being made available for iPhones and iPads.

For pictures of the awards ceremony click: SECBE Awards Photos


CHAT FAQs - How to allocate an employee

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Continuing our series on CHAT ‘How to FAQs’, we explain how to allocate an employee to a site once logged in:

  • Click Manage Sites
  • Click Find Sites

You will see a list of sites that have either been set up by your company, or, those to which you have been engaged as a subcontractor.

  • Click on your chosen construction site project
  • Click Site Employees
  • Click Edit

You will see a search box appear and below, some of your company employees will be listed in grey;

  • Either scroll through the employees or using the search box find the employees working on that site
  • Click on the small blue button with ‘a +’ on it and the name will change from grey to black font (showing that they have now been allocated to that project).
  • Once the relevant employees have been allocated then click ‘done’.

If you need to remove an employee from that project, when you click on the edit button you will see a little blue button with ‘a –‘ sign.  Click this button and the name will change from black to grey font.

You have now completed your employee allocation!


Raising awareness of CBH Scotland at the Scottish Parliament


Following the successful launch of CBH Scotland in May, the message is spreading about CBH’s commitment to improve construction worker health north of the border. There has been extensive media coverage about the joint efforts of CBH, the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and Scottish Building Federation initiative to establish mandatory health checks for apprentices entering the construction industry. 

Vaughan Hart, CBH Board member and Managing Director of the Scottish Building Federation, represented CBH Scotland an event hosted at the Scottish Parliament on 24th June. CBH Scotland has published an industry pledge outlining key measures to tackle occupational health in the Scottish construction sector, which it is looking for employers, trade unions and policy-makers to sign up to. 

Michelle Aldous, CEO of CBH comments, “I would invite anyone with an interest in tackling occupational health issues in the Scottish construction industry to join us in taking the CBH Scotland pledge. Working together, we can improve the long-term health prospects of construction workers and save the Scottish economy millions in unnecessary costs.”

The CBH Scotland pledge reads as follows:

As workers, employers and policy-makers, we pledge to work together to:

  • Improve the long-term health and wellbeing of people working in the Scottish construction industry;
  • Reduce the significant cost to the Scottish economy of work-related ill health in the construction industry;
  • Introduce a standard baseline health check of all new recruits to the Scottish construction industry;
  • Increase the proportion of companies within the industry actively contributing to the only national centralised database of clinical data for work-related health management in construction through membership of CBH Scotland;
  • Significantly increase the proportion of construction industry workers able to continue work in good health until retirement age;
  • Significantly reduce the incidence of serious illness suffered by workers as a direct consequence of working in the Scottish construction industry including cancers, musculoskeletal disease and vibration white finger.

CBH Guest Feature: LIPSA asks - are you talking to each other about lead?

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The CBH Guest Feature is open to any of our members who would like to contribute an informative interest piece about work-related health to our newsletter. If you would like to submit a feature for one of our future issues, please email us on

Are you talking to each other about lead? 

Local authority clients have a legal duty to provide their contractors with pre-construction information – which may include lead (paint) surveys.  The use of lead-based paint was widespread and affects the majority of UK buildings and structures.  Inhaled or ingested it can cause serious illness ranging from brain damage and developmental issues in children to pregnancy and fertility problems in adults. It is also linked to cancer and mental health conditions.

If this pre-construction information is not made readily available, it is an open invitation for lead exposure risks to affect site operatives and their families (from take-home lead) as well as any building occupants, including women and children at home or school, who could be affected.  Add to that the likely cost implications, programme delays and the potential for criminal or civil claims, the case for compliance is clear.

It is said that ‘knowledge is power’ – hopefully to do good.  With this in mind,  it is vital for professional advisers such as surveyors, architects, project managers, CDM co-ordinators, Health & Safety teams and contractors to thoroughly familiarise themselves with lead dust risks before attempting any kind of invasive site work. 

Ideally, there should be a universal benchmark of key information accessible to all relevant professional project advisors. In this way one avoids the syndrome of ‘left and right hand. By commissioning and acquiring results of thorough lead risk assessments and sharing among the key members of project teams, unnecessary project/site management errors potentially resulting in significant health-risk and even litigation can be effectively avoided.

If an organisation has no existing due-diligence policy in place to highlight the potential for lead risk discrepancies, then implementing a Lead Policy and appropriate training are two measures to address this oversight. For example, if a housing authority was remiss in its duty of care regarding lead,  they may fall foul of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) guidance for lead; this advises temporary re-housing of residents where lead paint stripping and more invasive work involving lead-based paint are involved.

So the advice is, arm yourself with knowledge. Be aware of lead risks posed on site and to immediate members of the public. Share your information and make sure that your entire site and management team are aware of the potential lead dangers before starting work.

LIPSA can advise and provide training through its ‘Managing Construction Lead Hazards’ course. These sessions have been developed because lead hazards and exposure risks can now be measured in a way that has not been possible before. New technology makes it possible to determine the lead dust contamination that can be generated by drilling a single hole and the ensuing impact on others.

Wouldn’t you rather be in the know, rather than in court?

With thanks to Tristan Olivier, LIPSA.


Legal enforcements and prosecutions

In every issue, CBH shares updates about the enforcement of better work-related health practice in construction. Here are news items that may be of interest to our readers:

Poor working conditions likely to lead to ill-health on construction projects are now being targeted by HSE Construction Inspectors.

The HSE site inspection blitz encourages the construction industry to ‘Think Health’:

HSE enforcements rise significantly:

Academics have called on regulators to tighten workplace safeguards against harmful silica dust:

One in six sites fail inspection:  Stephen Hegarty Linkedin discussion  group  


New members round-up

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ATE Fire Protection Ltd

TCS Exhumation Services Ltd

Servest Security Services Ltd


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