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HSE LEADERSHIP AND WORKER ENGAGEMENT ‘TOOLKIT’

Report confirms ‘toolkit’ holds potential for smaller construction firm

HSE has published a detailed research Report summarising the final phase of a Leadership and Worker Engagement (LWE) Project that has been ongoing since 2007. The project aims to improve health and safety practices in construction through LWE.

A web-based, interactive Toolkit has been developed with SMEs in mind. Feedback (workshops, focus groups, interviews) has been positive and suggests: it met their needs; they wanted to continue its use; had secured some quick wins; and thought that other SMEs would benefit from using it.

The added value dimension of the toolkit was considered to be its prescriptive (‘how to’) nature with simple tools and techniques.

Marketing crucial to Toolkit success

The toolkit is to be released shortly on the HSE website. The report suggests that important considerations for ongoing implementation of the toolkit once launched include:

  • how to effectively market it to SMEs;
  • setting up a support mechanism for users;
  • keeping the toolkit ‘live'; and
  • evaluating its effectiveness in practice eg through case studies.
Comment

The promotion of Leadership and Worker Engagement across all construction projects will clearly be a central plank of HSE construction sector regulation over the coming years.

Larger construction companies have in recent times sought innovative ways to reduce accidents and ill health by engaging with its workforce and promoting positive behaviours through good leadership.

However, with the majority of construction fatalities occur on smaller projects it must be hoped that the new Toolkit has impact amongst the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that characterise large parts of the construction industry.

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