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    BETTER CONSTRUCTING BETTER HEALTH (CBH)

    CBH consider how health risk management can be taken to new level

    Constructing Better Health (CBH) was started in 2001 to “radically improve” the health of the UK’s construction industry workforce based on the premise that ‘health’ was the poor relation when considering construction “health and safety”.

    CBH has now asked construction industry employers to take part in a survey to gain “insight into the issues of occupational health management in construction“.

    In addition, forums and in-depth interviews were also held with larger contractors and industry representatives. The survey also considered the views of Occupational Health Service Providers.

    Lack of understanding  and consistency

    CBH has now published the subsequent research report which provides an analysis of findings and conclusions. CBH report that:

    • Understanding and clarity – at the heart of the problem is a lack of understanding and clarity within the industry. The majority of the construction industry does not understand occupational health and occupational health providers do not understand what the construction industry needs;
    • Consistency and co-ordination – this lack of understanding has highlighted inconsistencies and a lack of co-ordination in the approach to occupational health management;
    • Efficiency and cost – inconsistencies has led to costly inefficiencies – repeat medicals and time and administration to manage; and
    • Outcomes and transferability – this all means poor outcomes with a non-transferrable system and the industry unable to have effective long-term oversight of workers’ health.

    CBH has concluded that any new health solution should:

    • Minimum standards – outline the minimum standard requirements employers need to comply;
    • Risk not roles – provide a minimum standard across the industry, based on risks rather than job roles – health surveillance to monitor the health of employees exposed to specific health risks;
    • Awareness and education – manage additional risks and raises awareness through education, support, guidance and best practice;
    • Portable health record – contain an employee owned, portable health record containing ‘need to know’ information; and
    • Enhancement where required – allow for the minimum standard model to evolve to include enhanced occupational health and wellbeing offerings.
    What will CBH do next?

    CBH will be going back to the industry to discuss a long-term solution for employers and their workers. Meanwhile improvements have been made to the CBH operational system making administration easier for CBH employer members.

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