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Constructing Better Health

CBH sponsors the Construction News Awards 2016

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CBH is pleased to announce that once again we will be supporting the Construction News Awards as an award sponsor in 2016.  The Construction News Awards recognise and celebrate performance excellence in all aspects of achievement in the construction industry. We are delighted to be supporting them in the year marking their twentieth anniversary.


New updates available on CHAT Version 2

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Changes to information required to enter a worker into CHAT V2

To improve the quality of data held in the CHAT database and to ensure data is correctly associated with a worker, CBH has introduced a modification to the entering of a worker’s national insurance number.

In future, it will be mandatory for a UK national being entered into CHAT to provide a UK national insurance number. This also applies to non-UK nationals who have a UK national insurance number. For a non-UK nationals it will be required to enter a passport number and the country that issued the passport.

The following are changes in the user interface:

Entering a UK National:

Select NINO (UK) from the dropdown and enter a national insurance number into the Identification No. field.

Entering a Non-UK National:

Select Passport (Non-UK) from the dropdown, select the country that issued the passport and enter a passport number into the Identification No. field.

Can you ensure all your CHAT users are made aware of this change, and that the required information is available when entering workers into CHAT.


New National Construction Adviceline number

The CBH National Construction Adviceline telephone number has been changed to 0345 873 7726.  Calls will be charged at standard rates.

The CBH National Construction Adviceline was launched back in 2012 to offer advice on:

Getting an employee back to work after long-term sickness;

Managing the impact on your business if an employee is taking time off work due to ill health;

Supporting an employee and benefiting from their abilities if they are at work with health issues;

Ecouraging and supporting an employee who is off work yet wants to return and contribute to their business;

Developing a working culture where illness is less likely to occur.


Health and wellbeing - flu season

Have you had your flu jab in time for winter?  It’s that time of year again, when colds and flu become more of a health risk, especially for those with bronchial conditions like asthma, or suffer from heart disease. Speak to your employer about getting your flu jab as part of their occupational health provisions.  Alternatively, visit your GP or get more information from your local pharmacy.


CHAT FAQs - Keeping your information up to date


Following on with our series of useful tips on how to use CBH’s CHAT V2 system – here is a reminder about keeping your records current.

Keeping the information about your employees up to date on CHAT is a vital part of maintaining the occupational health of your workforce.

Towards the end of the year is a good time to check that all the information you have entered about your employees is still correct. One must consider that staff move house, leave your employment, get married or even separate, resulting in a possible change of surname.

If your employees include non-UK nationals, you may have had to enter a temporary national insurance number given to you by CBH when uploading them onto CHAT initially. We have now updated the system to allow you to include passport numbers.

It is also important to check that your employees’ job roles or the hazards they are exposed to are reflected in the information uploaded onto the CHAT system.

This is what you need to do to make any changes to the information relating to your employees:

• ‘Search’ to bring up their record
• Click ‘Edit’
• Make your amendments and then click ‘Done’ to save the changes.

Don’t forget, that when an employee leaves your company, enter an end date for them and this archives your worker on CHAT.


Don’t forget your 15% discount for entry to Utility Week Conference


CBH is supporting the 3rd Annual Utility Week Health and Safety Conference on 24th November this year. This is the biggest event for health and safety professionals from water, gas and electricity utilities and contractors in the UK.

CBH’s Occupational Health Director, Kim Boggins, will be also be attending and speaking at the event.

Last year 150 senior health and safety professionals from utilities companies and contractors attended the conference. 

Topics covered included: strategies to drive health and safety across the business, updates on the latest health and safety regulations, innovative approaches to employee mental wellbeing, assessing, road safety, updates on CDM regulations, the risks of slips, trips and falls in the workplace and how to minimize injuries and lost time.

CBH is offering its readers a 15% discount on advanced booking for this event. Quote our conference discount code, “HEALTH15” for your reduced ticket price.

For more information visit:


News from the HSE – new changes in health & safety law for self-employed


From 1st October 2015, if you are self-employed and your work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to you. To find out more visit:


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions


In every issue of the newsletter we report on legal news and enforcements in the construction industry. Here are a few news items that may be of interest to our readers:

Steeply rising cases of CSCS fraud, from 96 reports in 2012 to 311 last year

Builder fined over worker welfare

Poor planning exposed family to asbestos


New members round-up

Concrete Remedial Systems Ltd
E&S Heating & Ventilation Ltd
Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd
R J Sheen & Co Ltd
Turney Landscapes Ltd
Tate Technical Services
RPS Group Plc 
Global Port Services (Scotland) Ltd
Guardian Lightning Protection Ltd
ADS Formwork Ltd
Gee Construction Ltd
Woodlands Site Services Ltd
H3 Contracts Ltd
Environmental Fabrications Ltd
Ironman Fabrications Company Ltd
Universal Sealants (UK) Ltd
Primesight Ltd
McGrath (Engineering) Group Ltd
Select Surveys Ltd
Globe Scaffolding Ltd


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