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Constructing Better Health

CBH welcomes new consultant GP

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Dr Chris Pugh joins CBH as our new consulting GP, replacing Dr Geoff Davies who retired recently.

Chris has over twenty years of experience providing occupational health services and advice to the construction industry. His first consulting role was as Chief Medical Officer on the Channel Tunnel Construction Project. Following this he provided advice on the Terminal 5 construction project at Heathrow Airport and for the Olympic Delivery Authority during construction of the London 2012 Olympic park. Over the years he has also provided occupational health services and advice to a wide range of construction companies from the smallest to the very largest.

Chris has been associated with Constructing Better Health from its inception, providing advice to the Steering Group on the original pilot for the CBH scheme.

He comments about joining the Constructing Better Health team, “It is with great delight that I take up my role with CBH. I have spent much of my career trying to improve the health of construction workers and CBH is in a truly unique position to produce real health improvement within this industry to the benefit of all concerned.”


New one-to-one telephone training for site-based users of CBH database

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Support is only a phone call away!
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.

CBH welcomes Kim Boggins as new Occupational Health Director

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CBH is delighted to welcome Kim Boggins to the team as our new Director of Occupational Health. Kim takes over the mantle from Jane Coombs.

Kim qualified as a Specialist Occupational Health Practitioner whilst working for the Atomic Energy Industry and then moved in to managing a large OH Team within the Pharmaceutical sector. She has been working as an Independent Practitioner for 13 years, working with clients in a number of industries including Education, Health, Utilities, Steel Construction, Ship Repair and Construction. She is also a Trainer for the National NEBOSH Diploma, in Occupational Health & Safety.

Kim has been a long standing collaborator with CBH on projects including the development of CHAT (Construction Health Action Tooklkit) and the CBH National Database.

Kim says, “I am really pleased to now have the opportunity to work more formally with the team at CBH. This is a good time for me to join the team and continue to build on all the hard work of my predecessors. Recently, I have had an opportunity to talk with a number of nurses who are working in construction and it is clear that they are very enthusiastic about the work CBH are doing and how it helps to support them in their work with the construction industry."

We look forward to Kim’s further contribution to CBH for the benefit of our members and the work related health of the construction industry as a whole.


CBH Contractors and OHSP’s Terms and Conditions update on the CBH website


For all our CHAT users we would like to make you aware of amendments to the ‘Use of Data’ clause and ‘Definitions’ clause. We would also like to remind you that uploading your employees’ details onto CHAT is a membership requirement.
The definition of the ‘CBH Database’ has been updated for both Contractors’ and OHSP’s Terms and Conditions on the CBH website. 

The updated definition states:

'CBH Database means the industry database of employee data maintained by CBH and sourced from occupational health service providers and Members using the CBH Construction Health Action Tool(CHAT) software tool for the purposes of uploading Member's individual employees' data, including but not limited to clinical data and 'fit for task' data of Member's individual employees'

The definition regarding ‘Use of Data’ has been amended in the Contractors Terms and Conditions as follows under paragraph 7 b):

'You agree to upload promptly all relevant employee data onto the CBH Database using the Construction Health Action Tool (CHAT) licensed to you under an annual user license by CBH.'


New Fit Note Guidance available from Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)


The DWP has issued two new guidance documents about Fit Notes. 

The first is for employers and line managers, explaining what they should do if they receive a fit note from an employee.

The second is an updated guidance note for GPs, aimed helping them and their patients get the most out of Fit Notes; this includes patient assessment, effective use of the fit note and electronic fit notes.

Please visit the CBH website for a link to the fit notes.


HSE collaborates with HSL to develop health risk maturity index


The HSE has collaborated with colleagues at HSL to develop a health risk Maturity Index. This has been created to help organisations assess their overall work related health maturity and better understand how to plan their health risk management.

Not only will our friends and members benefit from the index but it will help give the HSE insight into how work related health is developing in the UK construction industry. In this way the HSE can address any outstanding issues that could improve our industry’s work related health.


New resources available from the HSE

The HSE has released helpful new resources, including a new web page dedicated to Health Surveillance guidance:

The HSE has also released a new leaflet for guidance on silica dust dangers

The HA and HSE have joined forces to create a new leaflet on silica dust health risks and control. This is aimed at workers who use cut-off saws which produce large amounts of dust.




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. For your information, here is a news item about a recent prosecution relating to HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration).


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