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Skin Awareness Sessions

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Jeff Mapps
CategoriesAwareness Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Supplier engagement Weather protection

Every day we are potentially exposed to contaminants and conditions that can be harmful to your skin (both inside and outside of the work environment). Many in the construction industry will spend most of their working day outside in all types of weather. The A465 Head of the Valleys Section 2 Project recently ran an informative and engaging Skin Care…


British Safety Council’s Time to Breathe Campaign

Published 13 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Campaigns Monitoring Occupational health risks

In March 2019, the British Safety Council launched their Time to Breathe campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of ambient air pollution to outdoor workers. As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) currently does not provide guidance on the risk of ambient air pollution, Time to Breathe is calling for HSE to recognise expose to ambient air…


Sun Safety

Published 16 June 2017 | Written by Vicki Johnston
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Dr David Hazafy, from the school of chemistry and chemical engineering at Queens University visited Farrans Construction site to test a newly devised wristband indicating overexposure to ultraviolet light. Outdoor workers are at an increased risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun. With 100,000 cases of skin cancer resulting from overexposure to ultraviolet light in the UK…


Hollow Drill Bits

Published 19 May 2017 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesDust prevention Occupational health risks

Several drill manufacturers including Dewalt, Hilti and Milwaukee now provide hollow drill bits which allow the dust created when drilling holes to be extracted via the bit when drilling. The drill bits have an on-board dust extractor port that can be connected to a vacuum hose. Since dust is extracted as the hole is drilled, there is less risk if…


Spotlight on… campaign posters

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Campaigns Diversity Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Guidance Illegal workers Mental health Occupational health risks Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage Signage Stress Workforce

Spotlight on… posters have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme has developed a collection of A3 posters from the series of ‘Spotlight on…’ awareness campaigns. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst the workforce and visitors. To download a free electronic version, please click the links below.


Harmful Ultraviolet Rays

Published 16 January 2017 | Written by Adam Robertson
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks Weather protection

Ultra violet radiation can cause skin cancer as well as short term pain and irritation. Within the construction industry, operatives are regularly exposed through their daily activity, working outdoors in direct sunlight. The board provides a link to the MET office website whereby the daily UV index can be checked. The board is then updated on site to record the…


Air Quality Monitoring Survey

Published 28 October 2016 | Written by Lucy Hingley
CategoriesAir quality

An air monitoring survey was undertaken in June 2016 to assess personal exposures to Diesel Engine Exhaust Emission (DEEE) for operatives carrying out work on the M60. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans if exposed to high fume levels. The data has shown that the overall exposure to the…


Construction workers reminded to stay sun safe on site

Published 19 September 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Posters Weather protection

HSS Hire is raising attention and encouraging construction workers to protect themselves against the harmful effects of long term sun exposure with a new poster campaign. Supported by Cancer Research UK and in conjunction with Sir Robert McAlpine, a site in London is displaying UV ray reactive posters that change appearance after exposure to the sun. The poster which initially…


Minimising the risk of skin cancer

Published 12 September 2016 | Written by Antonia John
CategoriesOccupational health risks Posters Weather protection

Morganstone recognises that those working in the construction industry are at a high risk of developing occupational cancers such as skin and lung cancer and as such takes a proactive approach to support the health and wellbeing of its employee’s and sub-contractors. Whilst it has been Morganstone’s long-standing policy to include sun cream dispensers in their WC’s as standard, Morganstone…


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 Occupational health risks Plastics and packaging Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage 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…


Emergency Asbestos Kit

Published 2 June 2016 | Written by Liam Byrnes
CategoriesClients Drills Emergency procedures Workforce information

On site, different clients have slightly different procedures (albeit all based around the HSE EM1 guidance leaflet). We find that this can lead to confusion when operatives migrate to sites with different requirements. Though inductions are site specific and include this information – it wasn’t always easy to remember who to call or how to react in an emergency situation….


IOSH’s No Time To Lose – Silica Dust Mythbuster Quiz

Published 17 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Weather protection

IOSH’s No Time To Lose campaign launched in November 2014, bringing together industry leaders, cancer charities, MP’s and professional bodies to raise awareness and share experiences of preventing occupational cancer. They have created a Mythbusters Quiz detailing the facts on the dangers of exposure to silica dust. The quiz includes the answers to: Where silica dust can be found and the…


World Cancer Day

Published 3 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations Open door policy Weather protection

World Cancer Day is coordinated annually by the Union for International Cancer Control. The week promotes the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer. To support Cancer Talk Week on your site, you could do the following: Hold a…


Spotlight on… occupational cancers follow-up article

Published 2 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Health screening Medical conditions Occupational health risks Weather protection

In September 2015, the Scheme’s campaign focused on the increasingly important issue of occupational cancers and examined what the industry was doing to safeguard employees within the industry. It was found that between 220 and 250 workers die each year as a result of an immediate injury, compared to the 15,000 – 18,000 who die from cancer. Despite this, the…


HSE Guidance: Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction

Published 27 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGuidance Health screening Medications Occupational health risks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) results from its annual refurbishment initiative have revealed that poor standards or dangerous practices were found on 46% of construction sites visited. In light of the results, HSE have issued new specialist guidance, ‘Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction’ to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place on all sites. To view…