New U.K. Guide Addresses Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction

Published December 2, 2015

New guidance published by the U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is intended to encourage better management of occupational health risks in the construction industry. The document is primarily meant to help employers understand what “health risk” means for the industry and the role of occupational health in preventing or controlling risks. Other topics covered in the guidance include occupational health risk management, worker involvement and consultation, and types of occupational health surveillance.

“There have been huge advances in improving safety in the construction sector over the last 15 years, but the industry has yet to generate such advances in improving the picture in occupational health,” said Shelley Frost, executive director of policy at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). “This new guide raises awareness of the occupational health issues in construction, demystifies how to best manage them, and provides information as to where firms can get help and assistance.”

The new guide, “Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction” (PDF), was written by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee’s (CONIAC) Health Risks Working Group and formatted with IOSH’s assistance. CONIAC advises HSE on the protection of workers and others from hazards to health and safety within the building, civil engineering, and engineering construction industry.