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    HSE AND BUILDING CONTROL WORKING TOGETHER

    Event for Building Control professionals aims to raise safety standards

    Building control managers across South Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands are being offered access to expert advice on how to reduce accidents, injury and ill health in the workplace. 

    This the first event of its kind in Britain and will address the main hazards found on construction sites and the precautions that need to be taken to avoid them.

    Opportunity for joint working

    Organised by HSE in partnership with the Working Well Together construction campaign, Site Safety for Building Control Surveyors will take place at Legacy Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin Street, Chesterfield on 24 February 2010.

    Free places are available to building control surveyors from local authorities and the private sector.

    The event also aims to outline the opportunities for HSE and building control professionals to work together in improving overall standards governing health and safety in the traditionally dangerous construction sector.

    Event will assist both personal and project safety

    Mike Harrison manager of the HSE Local Authority Construction Engagement (LACE) Project commented: “We are working with the building control profession across Britain to consider how we might cooperate more closely to encourage better standards of health and safety across the construction industry.

    “I welcome this event, which represents a first step towards the development of a more effective partnership between HSE and the building control profession locally. It should not only help surveyors to ensure their own safety, but also help to give them more confidence in identifying poor health and safety standards when they come across them on site.”

    The event coincides with the HSE Shattered Lives’ campaign, which aims to help reduce slips, trips and falls in a number of key sectors, including construction. These incidents cost £800m a year.

    For further information and to book a place contact Jan Foers at HSE on 07786 190 938 or email jan.foers@hse.gsi.gov.uk

    Comment

    The recent Inquiry into the underlying causes of fatal accidents recommended greater integration of health and safety into Building Control processes.

    This event should provide Building Control professionals with an indication of the range of hazards and appropriate controls likely to be encountered on building sites.

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