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Constructing Better Health

Skin Cancer Campaign on the road

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CBH are working with the Karen Clifford skin cancer charity, Skcin, to raise awareness of the risks of high exposure to ultraviolet light by construction workers and the potential fatal results.  After the launch of the campaign in July, CBH and their campaign partner, Polypipe, took to the road to visit contractors and their employees to spread the word about skin cancer prevention and give guidance on skin health. 
The roadshows included free mole checks and so far over 80 employees from Jackson Civil Engineering, Crossrail, Carillion, Murphy and McGee were examined.   5 sites have been visited and 240 CBH Tool Box Talks have taken place attended by full capacity audiences.  As a result 30 people (36%) of those screened have been referred to their GPs to investigate suspect skin lesions and moles, endorsing the importance of raising awareness and vigilance to skin health.
The roadshows are part of the year-long Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign and are still available for booking. CBH Corporate members are offered one free day of informative Tool Box Talks, mole health checks, and a poster and booklet campaign.  Non-members pay £1500 per day.
CBH and Skcin have also produced an informative A5, 12 page skin cancer awareness leaflet, these are available through the CBH Shop, with 25% of the sale price being donated to the Skcin charity.
If you want to book a skin cancer awareness roadshow at your company please visit the CBH website for booking information.



CBH’s new subcontractor guides target smaller businesses

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CBH has published a new Subcontractor guide targeting smaller supply chain businesses. Its purpose is to inform and encourage subcontractors to receive appropriate health checks related to their workers’ respective job roles, especially those with a high hazard exposure.  It sends a message to principal contractors that they should be more involved with their subcontractors regarding occupational health, and this new guide is the perfect communication tool.
CBH is happy to visit and make a presentation at principal contractor supply chain events to help reinforce the message.  Peter Hand, Operations Director at CBH says “It is vital for principal contractors to engage with their subcontractors. The immediate and long term successes derived from a consistent occupational health culture in the supply chain often speaks for itself. However, the relationship between principal contractor and subcontractor is a two-way street. Both must equally support the effort and our guide explains how that can be achieved.”
The CBH Subcontractor Guide highlights the physical and economic value of having a healthy workforce. It explains what tools CBH offers to facilitate a sound occupational health programme for your company and what steps to take towards gaining CBH membership.
 The guide is also an invaluable source of information for those smaller companies who want to improve their work related health status and advises subcontractors who are working on larger client organisation projects that have signed up to the CBH scheme.
For a copy of the CBH Sub-contractor guide visit


Charity golf day succeeds to a tee

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The Karen Clifford Charity Golf Day on 5th September was the first major fundraiser for the Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign, supporting Skcin.   Held at the Stapleford Park Championship golf course at Leicester, 52 golfers brought their clubs and best swing to support the cause.  The participating teams were made up of golfers from CBH scheme members, suppliers and event sponsors. The day’s events raised in excess of £2,000 for the charity, Skcin.
The day comprised of 18 holes on the challenging course, dinner and auctions.  The highlight for the golfers was the golf clinic hosted by celebrity golf pro, Gary Wolstenholme who took time to speak with and coach the participants prior to teeing off.  There were prizes for players’ prowess on the course during the day too. They included ‘Best Team’, won by Wellbeing4business, ‘Best Individual’, won by Mark Clifford of Skcin, ‘Nearest the Pin’, won by Kirby Smedley of Accenture, ‘Longest Drive’ won by Andy Cullum of Wellbeing4business. Other fun challenges included ‘Beat the Pro’ at the par 3, 9th hole where players could win prizes for hitting the green as well as being closer to the pin than the professional.
The exciting silent and general auction in the evening had offered up desirable lots including a new Jaguar XJ for the weekend, a Porsche 911 for a weekend, a villa in Puerto Banus for eight days, and a signed platinum album from Coldplay. The day concluded with dinner in the hotel and guest after dinner speaker, Graham Poll the famous English football referee who regaled the audience with tales of the infamous three yellow cards in the World Cup match and stories from behind the scenes in the Premiership. To see the picture gallery from the day please click here.

The next Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign charity fundraiser will take place on the 16th February 2012. A fun-packed charity comedy night at the Cuckoo Club in London which promises star-studded laughs from some of the UK’s best known funny men. Tables are limited and are on a first come first served basis, If you would like to book a table at this event please visit the campaign page on the CBH website for booking information.


Social housing leader Cyntra joins CBH

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Cyntra, London’s leading social housing procurement consortium, has become a CBH client member. It has specified in its latest framework contracts the implementation of the CBH scheme for workplace health management, with access to the standards, health matrix, database and card to check site workers ‘fitness for task’. Cyntra’s programme will initially roll out to 20 key contractors over the next three months and it is estimated that thousands of workers will benefit as Cyntra employs between 40 to 50 contractors. Professor Peter Woolliscroft, Managing Director of Cyntra says, “Information is useless unless actively implemented and this is what CBH offers us – sound information with a framework for its constructive usage. In this way, occupational health practice is no longer regarded as a ‘bolt-on’, but a vital and cost effective asset to improve our businesses.”