Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic

    OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROVISION ON LONDON 2012 PROJECT

    Research highlights the benefits from effective project health management

    A report has been published by HSE on the results of a research project which examined the performance of the occupational health (OH) provision on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village.

    The OH service was established as part of a commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers on the Olympic build. It offered support to managers from a team of occupational hygienists and OH professionals working in an integrated way to prevent and treat occupational ill-health and promote healthy behaviours.

    The service was guided by a strategy and targeted vibration, noise, respiratory, hazardous substances and manual handling.

    Senior management commitment essential for long term impact

    The OH team developed an approach called ‘health like safety’ which integrated good OH management practice into day-to-day working by using existing safety management tools such as near-miss reporting and maturity matrices as the basis for tools to target health risks.

    This researchers identified four conclusions:

    • Exemplar project – there is agreement that the OH service was one of the “best that has been implemented on any major construction project in the UK to date”. It was well thought of by workers and managers on the site and received widespread recognition within the construction industry and beyond;
    • Good business sense: cost benefit analysis suggests that the benefits of the programme of clinical treatments and health surveillance pay for the entire service. Contractors also identified a range of financial and other benefits from taking a more active approach to OH management. These could not be quantified;
    • Impact on behaviour – where contractors engaged with the OH team there was evidence that both worker and manager attitudes and behaviours had been affected. The more engaged a contractor was the greater the observed changes; and
    • Long term effects – there was evidence that managers and workers intended to carry forward learning from their time on the Park and Village. Managers learned a lot from working with occupational hygienists, and from the ‘health like safety’ approach. Where there was senior management commitment to the principles of good OH management, learning from the Olympic Park was more likely to have been embedded in company policies.

     

    KEY MESSAGES

    The key messages and learning points established from this research are presented below.

    1. Occupational health (OH) provision on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village has been recognised by the construction industry and beyond as an example of good practice, and one of the best implemented on any major construction project in the UK.
    2. inclusion of occupational hygienists in an integrated team with clinical staff enabled a co-ordinated approach across the preventative and clinical aspects of the service.
    3. OH team adopted a ‘health like safety’ approach, encouraging contractors to see health risk management as part of their day-to-day activities, and something that was simple to integrate with existing safety management.
    4. intervention had clear impacts on the attitudes and behaviours of workers and managers on site
    5. the team took part in senior management meetings and encouraged contractors to share their experiences with one another as a way to maximise learning and promote good practice.
    6. in engaging with workers on well-being initiatives, the OH team sought wherever possible to use it as a ‘way in’ to engage on wider OH and safety concerns.
    7. the team proactively engaged with managers and workers initially offering simple solutions to contractors’ problems as well as innovative approaches to workers (e.g. health-based competitions) that took OH messages to them on site.
    8. Earlier engagement with design teams and further training on OH awareness for designers, architects and CDM co-ordinators are necessary if health risks are to be more effectively designed out before they reach work sites.
    9. Senior level commitment and leadership on the part of clients and contractors are vital if standards of OH are to be improved in the construction industry
    10. cost benefit analysis of the OH provision indicated that the provision of treatment services and health surveillance on site can have substantial economic benefits, such that the costs of offering other services can be offset.
    11. there are elements that could be transferred across the industry, and/or appropriately scaled for more modest budgets.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    MAJOR HOMES BUSINESS EXPOSED PUBLIC TO RISK

    Residential propert refurb project created carbon monoxide danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th September 2018

    HSE CONSTRUCTION DUST CONTROL ‘BLITZ’ STARTS

    Regulator inspections will check health taken as seriously as safety

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th September 2018

    FLOOR CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM OF WORK UNSAFE

    Welder fell 3m from mezzanine area through purlin openings

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th September 2018

    WORKER SUFFERS FATAL BURNS IN OXYGEN RICH AREA

    Sparks from angle grinder ignited clothing of workman in confined space

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 19th September 2018

    RIBA PUBLISH DRAFT POST GRENFELL FIRE SAFETY PLAN

    Architects institute consults on ‘golden thread of fire safety information’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 19th September 2018

    MAJOR UK CONTRACTORS HIT BY MAJOR FINES

    Firms ordered to pay over £3m after foot trapped in rotating ‘screw’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 19th September 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th SEPT 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 19th September 2018

    DRIVER DIED TRAPPED BETWEEN TRAILER AND VEHICLE

    Firm fined £1.5 million over failure to assess coupling operations

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th September 2018

    ACTUAL SYSTEM OF WORK WAS OPPOSITE OF RAMS

    Workman fell 4m through fragile asbestos roof sheet

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th September 2018

    CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNER FUNCTION MISUNDERSTOOD?

    Consultants claim CDM 2015 design risk management has ‘gone backwards’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th September 2018

    RISK ASSESSED PRECAUTIONS NOT IMPLEMENTED

    Action not paperwork essential to prevent fall during lifting operation

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th September 2018

    CROSSRAIL PUBLISH BEST PRACTICE H&S GUIDES

    Sharing major project best practice can leave a lasting legacy

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th September 2018

    SCHOOL STAFF LACKED ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING

    Council fined £200k over asbestos flue and gasket rope failures

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th September 2018

    INCIDENT: MEWP OVERTURN IN CITY CENTRE

    Images show aftermath of mobile elevating platform collapse

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th September 2018

    SAFETY ALERT: DEFECTIVE SCAFFOLD COUPLER

    National Access and Scaffolding Confederation issues warning

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    DEMOLISHING INTERNAL WALL REVEALED ASBESTOS

    Firm lacked survey and asbestos management plan for premises

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY TEST FOR ARCHITECTS

    RIBA raise the bar for members on design risk management and ‘life safety’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    POWER BUSINESSES FAILED ON LIFTING OPERATION

    Panel fell on workman during turbine maintenance project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE FIRM COMMITS TO ZERO HARM

    Behaviours to deliver zero lost time injury incident rate by 2021

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    MANAGING TOWER CRANE FALLING OBJECT RISK

    CPA issues new technical information note

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    POST EXPLOSION ASBESTOS WORK WAS UNSAFE

    Asbestos cement panels removed and cut with power tools

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    FALL THROUGH UNFLOORED FACTORY ROOF SPACE

    Non-routine tasks require assessment and clear risk controls

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st August 2018

    SEVENTH LONDON CYCLIST DEATH DURING 2018

    Building products vehicle involved in death of Queens doctor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 17th August 2018

    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FAILED TO SUPERVISE LIFT

    Errors whilst lifting pre-cast concrete blocks fined £600,000

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th August 2018

    FIRM FINED £400,000 OVER VIBRATING TOOLS RISK

    Hand-held orbital sanders, rivet guns, grinders and drills caused harm

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th August 2018
    Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic