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Constructing Better Health

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We are sponosoring the Supply Chain Initiative category once again.

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Honouring ex CBH Chairman, Trevor Walker

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our past Chairman, Trevor Walker who had been battling cancer for some time.

Trevor was an ardent and consistent supporter of CBH since its inception in 2001, serving  as CBH Chairman from 2005 to 2012. His contribution to the construction industry was extensive.  He served on several construction industry committees and bodies in various capacities.

Trevor was Chairman of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) for 6 years, between 2005 and 2011. He was the National Chairman of the Construction Confederation in 2003 and previously, the National Chairman for the Civil Engineers Contractors Association (CECA) and Chairman of CECA External Affairs Committee. He also held the post of the North West Regional Director for the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (FCEC), and sat on FCEC External Affairs Committee.

In 2008 Trevor was honoured for his contribution to Health and Safety in construction, when he won the HSE Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

The CBH Board and team would like to extend their sympathies to his family during this sad time. We would also like to express our appreciation for all that he has done to help mould CBH into the unique organisation that it is today.


CBH welcomes Gerard McLaughlin to the team

We would like to welcome Gerard McLaughlin to the CBH team.

Gerard joins us as Project Director with particular responsibility for two major clients -  Crossrail and High Speed 2 (HS2)

Gerard comes to us with solid experience in the rail sector, first working with British Rail and then latterly for Balfour Beatty Rail for nearly 20 years.

His last role at Balfour Beatty entailed taking the lead in the introduction and implementation of a robust Occupational Health and Wellbeing system within the company, which is where he first engaged with CBH.

At CBH Gerard's principal role will be to pass on some of this experience and working knowledge of occupational health management and the CBH CHAT system.  Gerard hopes to facilitate a better understanding of CBH’s bespoke tools to existing clients and potential new ones.

Gerard says, "I'm delighted to join the CBH team at this very important time both for the industry and for the Clients we work alongside, to promote a better healthy lifestyle and working practices for employees.  I look forward to forging stronger working partnerships so that the industry can become leaders in Occupational Health Management, thus ensuring that everyone is engaged in the ongoing health of the workforce, wherever they are employed"


Farewell to Phil Russell

As we welcome one new team member, we bid farewell to another. Phil Russell (MBE) has been a committed CBH Board member since 2013. A veteran professional in the UK construction industry, he owns and has managed his building and maintenance company for over thirty years, He is also a long standing member of the Federation of Master Builders for over twenty years, tirelessly working to improve Health and Safety standards and management and craft skills for members and their employees.

We wish Phil all the very best on his new adventures and thank him for all he has done in the service of CBH.


CBH is looking for an Occupational Health Advisor

Are you an Occupational Health professional looking for your next career challenge?

We are seeking a motivated Occupational Health Nurse Specialist to join our team on a full-time basis. The role requires working directly with the CBH team, CBH members, clients and accredited OHSPs on a variety of occupational health matters.

To find out more and get a full job description see:


Understanding the new ‘Fit for Work’ Service

The occupational health community is buzzing about the DWP’s new Fit for Work service. Fit for Work helps employers to manage sickness absence in the work place, by providing them, their employees and their GPs with free and timely access to work-related health advice.

If you’re an employer and you’re not sure what the Fit for Work service means for you, then there is help at hand in the DWP’s guidance document which explains how it works.

The most significant aspect of the Fit for Work service is that employers can now refer employees for a free occupational health assessment, if they have been or are expected to be absent for four weeks due to illness. Referral no longer rests solely with GPs.

Overall, the Fit for Work service is designed to enable employees to return to work earlier, avoids unnecessarily lengthy and demoralising periods of sickness absenteeism, saves on sick pay costs, and is particularly friendly to SMEs that may have limited access to occupational health advice and services.

If you’re an employer and you would like to find out about the benefits of the Fit for Work service, read the guidance document here:


Revised versions of the CBH posters – free to download from the website!


We have revised our informative health topic posters which are now free to download from the CBH shop on


CBH Scotland free membership drive

We are offering 125 Scottish SMEs free membership to CBH on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to know more or apply on behalf of your company please email:



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We continue our series of FAQs to help you understand how to use the CBH CHAT (Construction Health Action Toolkit) system.

“Q. What are the different administrator levels on CHAT2?”

There are 3 different levels of administrator on CHAT2 – defined as a Company User, Division User and Site User. We understand that responsibilities and roles change within any organisation, so you can add a new administrator at any time – you aren’t just limited to one.

A company user can be anyone you want to have full access to all of the CHAT2 system for your organisation.

If you’ve set up divisions within CHAT2, then you may want to assign Division Users. A division can be regional ‘North’ or ‘South-East for example. Or they can be defined by projects ‘Major Project – Gatwick’ or even categorised by the type of construction work ‘Rail’, ‘Road’ or ‘New Houses’. However you choose to name your divisions, administrators of this level will only be able to add and access information about workers that are assigned to that division.

Within a division, you can set up specific sites –  e.g. under ‘Road’ you might have a site for the M1 and a separate site for the M25. Again, a Site User will only be able to enter and access information about employees that are assigned to that specific site.

When adding a new administrator, you simply need to select whether you want them to be a Company User, Division User or Company User from the dropdown when setting up their profile.

This three-tiered administrator approach to managing CHAT2 can work really well within larger organisations where there may be a number of administrators using CHAT2 to manage a large number of employees occupational health.

Don’t worry if you haven’t set up divisions or sites within CHAT2, it’s entirely optional and many smaller organisations find they can manage their occupational health just as well without it. It’s about understanding what works best for you!

You can of course, change the permissions of each administrator to suit the needs of your organisation. We will have more on this topic in future.


Beating Bowel Cancer

At Beating Bowel Cancer, they are doing as much as they can to learn more about this distressing disease. Once caught early, 9 out of 10 cases can be treated successfully. This is why Beating Bowel Cancer has launched a survey to help inform vital work on swifter treatment and prevention. It’s only 8 questions long – please follow the link to the survey and help them in the fight against bowel cancer.


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions

In each issue of the newsletter, CBH shares updates on legal enforcements, changes and prosecutions relevant to work-related health. Here are a few items that may be of interest to our readers:

An event run by HSE and the Legionella Control Association (LCA), covers all you need to know about legionella control and prevention, and your duties as the responsible person.

Housing company and contractors put workers’ health at risk over asbestos.

Retrospective fears about asbestos as footballer Stuart Pearce draws attention to health risk

Dissatisfactory attitude to the wellbeing of construction workers ends in court.

Construction Skills Cards forgers jailed.


New members round-up

A E Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd
Allied Exploration & Geotechnics Ltd
Ansaldo STS UK Ltd
APB Group Limited
ATC Systemwide
AWR Lift Plan Ltd
Britannia Services UK Ltd
Carmichael Site Services Ltd T/A Carmichael UK
Centregreat Rail Ltd
Cidon Construction Ltd
Commercial Marine & Piling Ltd
Coral Communications Ltd
Directline Structures Ltd
H&C Plant Hire
HRS Services
K A S Services Ltd
Karcher UK Ltd
Lee Warren Fabrication Ltd
Magics Electrical Services Ltd
Multitech Site Services Ltd
MWAY Communications Ltd
Neary Rail
Planacre Ltd
Premier Interlink Waco UK Ltd
Pyramid Builders Limited
Quest Interiors Limited
SCT Electrics Ltd
Siemens Rail Automation Holdings Ltd
Stobart Rail



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