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Constructing Better Health

CBH explains the business case for supporting work-related health


CBH is well aware that generally, employers’ primary concern is the continued economic success of their business. Seeing the relationship between worker health and profitability is not always clear.

That’s why CBH has set out the business case for employers, showing exactly why ensuring a healthy workforce enhances an organisation’s business performance.

Please go the CBH website to read our employer business case document highlighting the key features of CBH membership to support an internal business case for your company.

Good worker health can really support a thriving business!


CBH collaborates on the Construction Dust Partnership (CDP)


Does your company carry out any work that creates dust -  for example by cutting, chasing, grinding and sanding, abrasive cleaning, drilling, hand sweeping? Do you see dust as:

  • Not top of the list as a workplace health risk, more a mess or a nuisance?
  • A reduced risk by working outdoors?
  • A short term health risk, as once the coughing stops or the nose is blown everything is fine?
  • Breathing in dust may be bad for me but isn’t really linked to any specific long term health risk?

Then ask yourself this question:  ‘how many people do you think die prematurely from breathing in respiratory agents, things like inorganic fibres/dust, organic dusts, gases and irritants and fumes?’
The HSE estimates that there are approximately 10,000 premature deaths annually, from Occupational Cancers and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), caused by breathing in respiratory agents.

In response, leading groups in Construction, including CBH and the HSE, have formed the Construction Dust Partnership (CDP). Its aims include raising awareness throughout industry about lung diseases related to hazardous dust in the workplace and to promote the appropriate controls to prevent these diseases, particularly for those undertaking high risk tasks.

CBH will keep you informed of the Construction Dust Partnership’s progress and initiatives. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the health risk hazardous dust in the workplace, visit the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) page on the HSE website for guidance on COPD, its causes and symptoms.


CBH welcomes a new Board Company Secretary

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David McManus has taken over the role of CBH company secretary as of May 2013. 

David has been a long standing supporter of CBH since it was officially formed in 2004. He brings with him a broad range of engagement at all levels of employer and external stakeholder groups as well as having held various senior management and Board positions. David was previously the Corporate Secretary for the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation. 

David set up his own consultancy in 2012 and now works with clients in the not-for profit and charity sectors, providing company secretary services as well as general corporate governance guidance.


Get one-to-one telephone training for site-based users of CHAT

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Don’t forget that CBH offers easy and convenient training to site-based users of CHAT (Construction Health Action Toolkit).  Using our personalised one to one training session, you can learn to use CBH’s popular health risk management tool.

All members can access this additional support and the whole training process can take less than one hour.

  • Contact CBH and we will arrange a training date and time with you
  • During the session we will guide you through the CHAT user process, step by step.
  • You will be shown how to input your company’s relevant data and how CHAT can work for you.

Call Maria Batchelor on 01293 586622 to organise your training today!


CBH showcases work-related health initiatives to European Commission


For the first time, CBH has raised awareness of their U.K. work-related health initiatives to an international audience.

CBH CEO, Michelle Aldous along with CBH Board Director Gren Tipper, met with the European Commission in Brussels in May. They exchanged knowledge with Health and Safety colleagues at the Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

It was noted by the European hosts that CBH brings together employers and unions – a theme currently addressed by their own current campaign in Europe; “Working together for risk prevention – through Leadership and Worker participation”.

Furthermore, they expressed that they thought CBH to be ‘an excellent example of good practice in promoting better management of health and safety management with an emphasis on health.’


CBH at Health and Safety Reform event at Barbican

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On 18th April, the CBH team came out in force at the Barbican to support the importance of work related health. They met with various Health and Safety professionals at the CBH stand at ‘Health and Safety Reform: Striking the Right Balance’.

This event hosted expert speakers, who highlighted the impact of the recent recommendations and reforms to help ensure that organisations are managing risks in an effective and sensible way.

CBH was represented by Michelle Aldous, Mandy Wickenden and Maria Bachelor. All three report that the event was an extremely valuable networking opportunity for sharing information and keeping abreast of latest work related health developments in the U.K.

Watch this space for an update on CBH’s attendance at a Network Rail Gateway Project Event at Birmingham New Street on 17th – 18th June.


CBH exhibits at Health, Work and Wellbeing 2013


It has been a busy networking Spring for Constructing Better Health. CBH also exhibited at ‘Health, Work and Wellbeing 2013: Towards a Healthier Future’ forum, on Tuesday 14th May 2013.

This event was driven by the release of the government’s ‘Fitness for Work: The Government Response to Health at Work; An Independent Review of Sickness Absence’. This outlined new initiatives to improve workplace health and reduce absence due to sickness. This will be rolled out in 2014, and is estimated to save up to £160 million annually, while increasing economic output by up to £900m per year.

This forum was an excellent opportunity for CBH to share best practice alongside both experts and their peers, and examine how to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

Guest speakers at this event included David Frost CBE, Former Director, British Chambers of Commerce and Co-Author, Health at Work: An Independent Review of Sickness Absence. Also, Graeme Henderson, Head of Health and Work, Department of Health.


Men’s Health Week 10-16th June – lifting the stigma of mental illness


Men’s health week is tackling the taboo issue of men’s mental health this year. Statistics show that most men suffer in silence when it comes to mental illness and this campaign is designed to combat the stigma associated with mental wellness.

A new resource pack is available for registrants of Men’s Health Week, to help men address mental health issues, seek help and encourage openness. To download the pack go to Men's Health Forum pack for further details.


New updates on CHAT and CBH OH system available


As CBH continues to improve on its members’ resources, there are new updates to the popular health risk management tool CHAT, and the CBH OH system.

CBH OH System

  • The Drug and Alcohol tab has been updated to conform to the new CBH standard. Users will now be able enter ‘pass’ and ‘fail’ against 2 alcohol levels – safety critical and standard.

CHAT System

  • Updated employee reports to provide additional information including names of divisions and sites.
  • There is now an updated ‘Check a Card’ display.

Protect your skin from the sun – even when it’s cloudy!


Even though Spring has lost its spring this year, the danger of skin damage due to UV penetration remains, especially for outdoor workers.  Construction workers are nine times more likely to contract skin cancer than any other working sector!

At CBH, we never stop raising awareness about skin cancer risks to construction workers. Jane Coombs, on behalf of CBH, delivered a one day ‘Toolbox Talk’ on skin cancer to Grosvenor Direct employees.

We also recommend the NHS website, which is a very useful resource providing a broad spectrum of health information - and it's just a mouse click away.

It has published new data regarding skin health and preventing against skin cancer. Go to NHS Sun Safety for more details.


Legal News - work related health enforcements and prosecutions

The HSE reports on the latest legal enforcements of work related health standards in the construction industry.  Follow this link to the HSE website; to read about new changes to Riddor '95 regarding reporting worker ill- health in the public domain, among other health and safety issues.


New CBH members round-up

  • Kim Barker Construction Ltd
  • Coyle Personnel Plc
  • Edbeck Ltd
  • Astec Projects
  • Lorclon Ltd
  • L&A Enforcements Ltd