The Construction Industry Advisory Committee has issued new guidance to help businesses manage the health part of health and safety. But it’s not just the construction industry which could benefit from it.

The HSE and other safety bodies have woken up to the fact that health risks are a much bigger killer than accidents and they’ve decided it’s time to do something about it. As a result we’ve seen inspection campaigns by the HSE to improve health risk management in construction and other industries.

One of the issues for businesses which wish to take on board this change of emphasis is that there is much less guidance available on the subject. In fact the HSE has found during inspections that many managers don’t even understand what “occupational health” means let alone where to start with compliance.

The Construction Industry Advisory Committee is a committee of leading representatives from the construction sector and the HSE, meaning you can treat its guidance as reliable. HSE construction inspectors will almost certainly refer to it during visits.

Remember if your staff are exposed to dust, lead, chemicals, diesel exhaust fumes, noise, vibration, manual handling, stressful situations or work outdoors, you need to understand the rules regarding occupational health management. You can make use of this guidance even if you’re not in the construction industry. It gives a good overview of the subject which is endorsed by the HSE. P

The guidance is 16 pages long and provides an overview of how to comply with the law on occupational health.

It covers:

  • the meaning of health risk management
  • how to assess the risks to workers
  • how to hire an occupational health service provider
  • types of health surveillance
  • what to do about restrictions on certain workers’ exposure and tasks, e.g. vibration or lead
  • the role of health promotion programmes.

On page seven you’ll find a table which covers compulsory health surveillance. TEAM Safety Services Ltd can help you look after your Employees health and systems to ensure legal compliance.