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Constructing Better Health

CBH revitalises three of its primary OH management tools


Following a successful consultation period, CBH has updated its original Industry Standards and Issue 2 was published in February 2012 . This includes a revamped Health Assessment Matrix, and coincides with the release of Version 2 of CHAT (Construction Health Action Toolkit).  

Thanks to user feedback, key changes have been made to this suite of resources to better meet the current and demanding needs of our members.

Michelle Aldous, CEO of CBH says, “Building on the success of the original Industry Standards and its ancillary tools, this whole package better enables workplace health management.  We have taken on board all the valuable feedback that we have received from employers and OHSPs since 2008 and Issue 2 of the Standards reflects them amply. The Standards cover a wider spectrum of workers, health considerations and current legal requirements. The Health Assessment Matrix is simpler to use and CHAT Version 2 has extended functionality and control. We’re confident that our members will like, and further benefit, from the changes. We have been listening to their needs.”  

The new changes are outlined below.


New Industry Standards

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Following requests for more training guidance on OH practice, Parts 1 and 2 of the Standards have been amalgamated into a consolidated text with more guidance and template policies and procedures. The new Standards address important provisions regarding current legislation referring to the Equality Act and Mental Capacity Act. There are added sections regarding fit notes, and Reporting Injury and the Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).


Version 2 of CHAT

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There is now Version 2 of  CBH’s popular OH management resource, CHAT.  It has been overhauled into a more user- friendly tool, comprising extra user authority control and improved access to training modules, including OH Tool Box Talks. Companies can now load their own Tool Box Talks onto the CHAT system to include them in their OH management programmes. Overall CHAT V2 is easier to navigate, create employee plans and OHSP referrals, compile data and safeguard user control.


A revamped Health Assessment Matrix

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The Health Assessment Matrix has been revamped to utilise a traffic light system for prioritising health checks for ‘at a glance’ guidance and clarity:

Red : Amber : Green  =  Must do: Should do: Could do.

The matrix also incorporates several new job roles for assessment, widening the net of employers and employees to benefit from successful OH programming. These roles include Geotechnical, Maritime Operatives, Divers, Industrial Cleaners, Banksmen, Signallers, Slingers, Tunnel Boring Gangs, Professionals, and Concrete Sprayers.  It also advises on hazards such as cement, concrete and heat stress, amongst others.








CBH members will be issued a hard copy of the revised Industry Standards and Matrix.  They can access a printable version in the Contractor members’ area at, alternatively additional copies may be purchased through the shop on the CBH website.

Members will receive a 30% discount on all CBH publications.