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    hselogo1Construction industry plan to focus on CDM 2015, Health and SME’s

    The HSE Board will today (7 December 2016) discuss draft Sector Plans to direct HSE interventions across the construction and all other work sectors.

    The two page Sector Plans were developed from a “detailed evidence base” and identify 3-5 year strategic priorities and actions captured under the most relevant headings from HSE’s Annual Plan. The HSE Board Paper suggests that:

    “The Sector Plans now need testing through a programme of targeted engagement and potentially through a series of bespoke regional roadshows. In setting out HSE’s proposed actions for each sector we hope this will act as a prompt to invite the system and sectors to respond with their own initiatives.

    HSE anticipate that industry initiatives will feed into, and form part of the HSE Helping Great Britain Work Well (HGBWW) Commitments campaign.



    The draft Construction Sector Plan is centred on Health, SMEs and CDM 2015. See our summary below.

    HSE Priorities

    1. Health Hazards – reducing incidents of ill-health, with a particular focus on occupational lung disease and musculoskeletal disorders;
    2. Small Businesses – supporting small businesses to achieve improved risk management and control; and
    3. CDM Regulations 2015 – embedding the principles of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM).

    HSE will secure effective management and control of risk by:

    • Project Regulation – directing inspection and enforcement at those failing to manage and control risks, focusing on health risks refurbishment, and licenced asbestos removal;
    • Central interventions – visiting dutyholders to review their health risk management arrangements using leading indicators in the Construction Health Risks Toolkit; and
    • CDM 2015 Pre-Construction Phase – intervening with construction clients, principal designers and designers to ensure proportionate CDM understanding and compliance, working with or through other health and safety regulators (eg ONR) where necessary.

    HSE will lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety by:

    • Health Ownership – working with the Health in Construction Leadership Group in promoting the ownership by industry of good health risk management, and the development of case studies and health-specific leading indicators;
    • Awareness Research – funding communication insight research enabling improved risk awareness, management and mitigation in small and micro businesses;
    • CDM 2015  for SMEs – helping small businesses to comply proportionately with CDM, eg case studies on social media;
    • Designer Risk Mitigation – working with professional bodies to enhance the competence of designers through the effective teaching of design risk mitigation across built environment higher education courses;
    • BIM Promotion – demonstrating the effective use of building information modelling (BIM) to improve risk information sharing, coordination and collaboration throughout the construction process; and
    • Manual Handling – working with supply chains to reduce risks from manual handling.

    HSE will reduce the likelihood of low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents by:

    • Major Projects – early and strategic interventions with major projects, including Crossrail, HS2, Thames Tideway, powergeneration decommissioning and new build; and
    • Risk Leadership – working with industry to develop clear standards of construction risk leadership and leading performance.
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