Occupational Health in construction
Constructing Better Health (Feb 2013)
CBH is a not-for-proift organisation which aims to improve the
health of the construction, building services and facilities
management sector workforces.
CBH is responsible for delivering the national scheme for the management of occupational health in the construction industry ans ets industry standards for work-related health issues and competency of occupational health provision. Its website offers a search facility which enables users to look for a CBH-accredited occupational health or drug and alcohol service provider in their local region. There is also guidance available under Health Topics, which covers ussues such as hand-arm vibration, stress and musculoskeletal disorders, plus a range of publications which are free to download, though users are required to register first.
for CBH members, the site has areas specifically targeted at job roles, such as employee, contractor, OH service provider and so on, with additional advice and resources available.
Building Health (May 2012)
Constructing Better Health (CBH), the not-for-profit
organisation set up by the construction industry to improve the
health of construction workers, has published revised industry
standards for the management of occupational health.
Issue 2 of the CBH Standards, which cover both work-related health issues and the competency of occupational health service providers, includes an easy-to-use Health Assessment Matrix.
The revamped matrix uses a traffic light system for prioritising health checks and also incorporates several new job roles for assessment, including geotechnical, maritime operatives, divers, industrial cleaners, banksmen and concrete sprayers. It also advises on hazards such as cement, concrete and heat stress.
Sleep apnoea is one of the new health issues addressed in Issue 2 of the standards and there are also new sections on fit notes and the Reporting of Injuries.
Industry standards for workplace health in UK construction (Issue 2) CBH www.cbhscheme.com/Publications
Turning concern into action (May 2012)
Turning concern into action is the title of a hard-hitting short film which aims to illustrate the human cost of construction accidents and ill health. The 10 minute video is compiled from interviews with injured or ill construction workers, family members of those killed while at work, a company director prosecuted by HSE after an employee was injured and a hospital trauma consultant. Each gives an honest and moving account of the effects that a work-related illness, injury or fatality has had on them, and all express the hope that by sharing their experiences, further tragedies will be prevented.
New UK health website (Oct 2010)
A new website aimed to help people with long term fluctuating health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis and diabetes in work has been set up in the UK. It has been developed by a panel of experts from employment, healthcare and patient groups and is aimed at employees, employers ande healthcare professionals. Whilst the Government funded and help sections are not relevant in Jersey, it does offer up some good information on occupational health.
Click on www.yourworkhealth.com to visit the site.