HSE guidance on occupational health risks in construction.
The HSE advisory body CONIAC (the Construction Industry Advisory Committee) and IOSH have produced some specialist guidance in a bid to help improve management of occupational health risks in construction.
The publication of the guidance follows a recent HSE inspection initiative across construction sites which lead to inspectors issuing over 200 health related enforcement notices and uncovered a widespread misunderstanding of what occupational health means in construction.
Shelley Frost, executive director of IOSH explained that around 100 people in the UK die every week from construction related ill health. “There have been huge advances in improving safety in the construction sector over the past 15 years, but the industry has yet to generate such advances in improving the picture in occupational health. This new guide raises awareness of occupational health issues in construction, demystifies how best to manage them and provides information as to where firms can get help and assistance. Ultimately if the advice is followed, it could help to lower incidence rates of occupational ill-health and transform the perception of working in construction to that of an attractive and respectful industry with great career choices.”
Further information can be found on the IOSH website or click here to download a copy of the FREE Guide Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction.