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Constructing Better Health

CBH Scotland to launch in 2014

CBH is preparing to launch a new office in Scotland.  This exciting new development in our expansion will take place in 2014. Watch this space for further developments.


Recent changes to RIDDOR

The HSE has published details of the changes to the reporting requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), which came into force on 1 October 2013. The changes have been designed to streamline the reporting of accidents within the industry and it is estimated that they will result in a net benefit to business of £5.9 million over a ten-year period.

The main changes cover:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
  • The previous list of 47 types of industrial diseases has been replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of 'Dangerous Occurrence' will require reporting.

For further details on these changes see:


Michelle Aldous presents to Transport for London

On 8th October, CBH’s CEO, Michelle Aldous presented at an event hosted by Transport for London. She gave an overview of CBH, its unique services and benefits to improve work-related health in the construction industry.


New updates to CHAT (V2) available

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CBH’s popular health risk management resource, CHAT, is regularly updated to improve our service to our members. The latest additions are as follows:

  • On the Health Assessment Matrix (HAM), the header with the health check names is now fixed when scrolling and the ability to select which sections to view has been added.
  • The general search functionality in the system “remembers” search criteria when going between a search and viewing a record.
  • There is a new employee Health Record tab to replace the current employee Fitness Outcome tab. This allows users to view all health checks for an employee during their employment e.g. for all job roles they may have had, including those that are no longer assigned to them. The data in the new health record will include the latest drug and alcohol results, a history of health checks undertaken, hazard exposure and job roles.
  • The Action Plan has been updated to include a new section displaying previous employment fitness outcomes. This is a summary “ticks” of previous employment “in date” fitness outcomes, to help the employer understand what occupational health checks new employee's have had.
  • Minor display modifications to the action plan and new health record pages
  • Adding a "Is CBH Card Required" field to the Employee Import template
  • Including the missing health record pages for the ‘Division’ and ‘Site’ users
  • Correcting a bug which occurs when transferring an employee to a company where they are already a temporary worker.

CBH supports launch event of the Responsibility Deal Construction Pledge


On 10th October, CBH’s Gren Tipper attended the launch of this new initiative hosted at Arup’s offices in London. Guest speakers included Dame Carol Black, Lord Howe and Steve Hails of Crossrail.

Responsibility Deal health at work network has worked closely with industry to develop a new construction pledge. 30 companies have stepped forward to be the first to sign up and commit to taking action to improve staff health and wellbeing – including several smaller businesses as part of Crossrail’s supply chain.

The pledge focuses initially on getting the industry to better manage the causes of work-related disease. This means that companies signing up will commit to health management strategies for the following:

  • having robust and pragmatic policies and safety procedures in place when dealing  with such health risks as asbestos and carbon monoxide;
  • doing everything possible to reduce workers’ exposure to substances that cause respiratory disease or breathing difficulty;
  • ensuring noise on construction sites is kept to a minimum and where necessary workers have hearing protection;
  • avoiding musculoskeletal disorders caused by unnecessary and hazardous manual handling.

CBH to attend the Healthy Workplaces Summit 2013 in Bilbao


Michelle Aldous will represent CBH at ‘Working Together for Risk Prevention’ summit in Bilbao, Spain. It takes place on 11-12 November 2013. CBH has been invited to attend the summit as partners in the Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

This summit will bring together leading European experts and decision-makers to exchange good practice and discuss future strategies on how to involve workers, managers and other stakeholders to improve safety and health at work.

The Agency will also give a short preview of the forthcoming Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-15 to be launched in April 2014, focusing on managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks.


Have your say – do employees know why they are referred to OH?


HWAAS (Health at Work Assessment and Advisory Services) has launched a new ‘tea breaker’ poll this month.  It asks whether employees really understand why they are referred for occupational health care by their organisation.  If you would like to take part in this poll, follow the link to the HWAAS newsletter:


CBH to attend Occupational health in Construction Awareness in November


CBH will attend the Occupational Health in Construction Awareness Event on 27th November 2013. This event not only raises awareness about work related health issues, but will highlight how to reduce the risk of health risks on site.

Meet with us there and find out how CBH's resources can improve the management of work-related health in your construction supply chain. For more information and to book email Richard Thorpe at:  This is a free event, so book now!


CBH says goodbye to Maria Batchelor

CBH Scheme Administrator, Maria Batchelor, is leaving the team. Maria joined CBH in January 2011, providing guidance and training on CBH resources to scheme members. She will be missed and we wish her very good luck for the future.


Asbestos drive to cut death toll of 20 deaths per week

CBH is always keen to share the latest initiatives combatting the detrimental effects of work- related ill health. Construction Enquirer reports that the British Lung Foundation is launching a major asbestos campaign this week in a bid to cut the current toll of 20 construction workers a week dying from the effects of exposure. Read more:


CBH updates at NSCC Health & Safety Committee meeting


On 25th September, CBH was invited to give an update on its progress in championing work-related health issues in the construction industry. Michelle Aldous gave an overview of our initiatives, resources and support. She also spent time advising on how easy it is for specialist contractors become CBH members and the benefits of membership to strengthen their company’s employee health management.


Legal News – work related health enforcements and prosecutions


CBH tries to share industry news about legal enforcements pertaining to work-related health.

The HSE news bulletin recently published an item about a company being fined for exposing workers to asbestos.
To read more:

Also, following their site visit campaign, the HSE reports that they have inspected 1500 contractors and carried out over 1000 site inspections. They found material breaches in less than half the sites and issued notices of contravention. A number of sites have been served with Enforcement Notices. Final figures have yet to be published pending full data collation.


Work-related health events hosted by the HSE

‘The Benefits of Occupational Health’, 27th November 2013, Manchester. See

‘Upper limb disorder – risk assessment of repetitive tasks’, 4th December, London. See


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