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    CONSTRUCTION TO FOCUS ON OLD AND NEW HAZARDS

    CONIAC drives action on human stress, dust and surface fragility

    Papers considered at the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) meeting on the 16th March 2016 have now been published on the HSE website.

    The meeting considered a paper updating CONIAC on activities of its working groups for the period November 2015 to March 2016. Key matters reported were:

    Human Stress

    The CONIAC Health Risks Working Group (HWG) has considered stress and mental health issues in the construction sector. It is reported that there is significant interest within the group and wider industry to take forward action on these issues.

    The WG proposed to introduce the Australian initiative Mates in Construction to the UK within 2016. This work will include how best to adapt the significant amount of existing material on stress related issues to a construction industry audience.

    Dust Management 

    CONIAC considered updates from group members to show the breadth of work in progress. These included:

    Surface Fragility

    A ‘task and finish’ sub-group is being set up to drive forward an initiative on the continuing toll of deaths and serious injury caused by falls through fragile materials e.g. rooflights and fibre-cement roofs.’

    HSE leadership of this working group will be provided by David Cory and participants will include Kevin Fear (CITB), Ian Henning (NFRC), David Thomas (Temporary Works Forum) and a representative from one of the Farm Safety Partnerships.

     

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