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Fatigue Wristband for Tunnelling Workforce

Published 2 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultants Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

Worker fatigue poses a potential health and safety hazard, and can be detrimental to the overall health of the workforce. Fatigue can have similar effects to alcohol, slowing down reaction time, causing lapses in judgement, and impairing cognitive ability. This danger is particularly relevant to projects which involve tunnelling, as the long shifts and rotating day and night shifts put workers at greater…


Spotlight on… drugs and alcohol follow-up article

Published 17 November 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Campaigns Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Medications

In June 2016 the Scheme’s campaign focused on the health and safety risks associated with drugs and alcohol in the construction industry. A survey conducted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme in 2016 revealed 59% of industry workers felt that there is currently a health and safety issue related to drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, a staggering 65% admitted they have never…


Raising Drugs & Alcohol awareness

Published 25 October 2016 | Written by London City Island
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing

Our company’s drugs and alcohol policy includes a clear annual and random testing regime of no less than 20% of the workforce. Proper guidance and support systems will be offered if the individual declares their drug or alcohol problem prior to being tested, encouraging an attitude of stepping forward to gain help. Likewise, anyone refusing testing shall result in disciplinary…


Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Published 30 August 2016 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Posters

We are committed to maintaining a productive and most importantly, safe workplace. In managing large geographical areas of the strategic road network involving busy transportation pathways and working next to high speed traffic, we must ensure that the safety of the workforce and the public is always of utmost concern, and that our workforce all round awareness is always as…


Drugs and Alcohol Testing during Ramadan

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by Andrew Shepherd
CategoriesAlcohol testing Cultural needs Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Minority groups Religious considerations

Due to the diverse workforce on site we have requested the drugs and alcohol testing company bring saliva testing kits with them instead of just urine during Ramadan. This caters for those involved with Ramadan traditions where operatives may struggle to supply sufficient sample due to the reduced intake of liquids.


E-smoking Guide for Employers

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiscreet areas Guidance Quit smoking Smoking and vaping Vaping

Although the difference between smoking a cigarette and a e-cigarette, also known as ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System), may be noticeably different, the understanding on what is acceptable at the workplace can be less obvious. Organisations need a clear policy on whether to allow people to ‘vape’ anywhere, nowhere or restricted areas, to avoid misunderstandings and legal action. The law…


Spotlight on… campaign flyers

Published 22 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Guidance Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Modern slavery Occupational health risks Plastics and packaging Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage

The ‘Spotlight on…’ flyers have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme provides a collection of A5 flyers from both past and current ‘Spotlight on…’ awareness campaigns. Each unique flyer contains information on the industry issue and advice on how to tackle it. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst…


Considerate Constructors Scheme e-learning courses

Published 17 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan E-learning Induction and training Scheme training and champion Training

The Scheme has developed free e-learning courses aimed towards helping registered sites, companies and suppliers understand why it is important to be considerate towards the workforce, environment and general public. These courses aim to increase Scheme knowledge as well as helping learners to meet the expectations of the Code of Considerate Practice by focusing on the five sections of the it,…


Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing

Published 10 May 2016 | Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesAlcohol testing Controls Driver information Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing

Construction by its nature has many potential risks. One of the risks involves the workforce operating whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Either of these will impair their performance and can lead to them taking safety risks or putting others at risk. Our usual drug and alcohol policy applies to all persons engaged in the works, and some have…


Drug testing and counselling initiative

Published 15 April 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Workforce consultation

The risk and impact of drugs to an individual can be a serious concern to their own health, as well as others. It is important to take the topic seriously and provide a thorough approach including both regulation and support, when considering the wellbeing and safety of the workforce. Below is an example of how one site introduced drug testing…


Tackling Addiction

Published 1 April 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Consultation Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Medical conditions Mental health

Caring for the wellbeing and safety of your employees is crucial in maintaining a happy, healthy workforce and industry image. The focus on health and safety is continuous and can always be enhanced on a construction site. However there are aspects of maintaining a healthy wellbeing that can’t always be noticeably seen and can easily go unnoticed, such as an addiction….


Bring Your Child to Work Day

Published 31 March 2016 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEmployed Induction and training Vehicle enhancements Workforce

Our Area 12 STEM Ambassador Group arranged a ‘Bring your child to work day’ during the summer holidays to encourage more young people to consider Engineering as a career and provide greater awareness of our construction and engineering activities around the network. This allowed us to reach local communities, to share what we do and why we do what we…


Alcohol Awareness Week

Published 4 March 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrugs and alcohol policy

Alcohol Awareness Week is an annual campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The campaign aims to get people thinking about alcohol and how it impacts themselves, as well families, colleagues and the community as a whole. Any organisation is encouraged to take part from local authorities, emergency and healthcare services, schools, colleges and the workplace. Alcohol concern is providing free resources including…


Dry January

Published 4 March 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrugs and alcohol policy

Dry January is an annual campaign organised by Alcohol Concern that runs the full length of January. The campaign encourages adopting a completely alcohol free lifestyle for a total 31 days with the aim to raise awareness of alcohol consumption and healthy living. Those who have taken part in previous years have reported a noticeable change in health including: Weight loss Better…


What is Worker Fatigue?

Published 3 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRest Worker fatigue

The safety and wellbeing of a site’s workforce is a primary concern and must be properly monitored and managed. Amongst other common safety hazards, worker fatigue should not be something that is overlooked. “A state of perceived weariness that can result from prolonged working, heavy workload, insufficient rest and inadequate sleep.” – Office of Rail Regulation 2012 The Effects A construction…