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The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose Campaign

Published 2 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

IOSH launched their campaign in November 2014, bringing together industry leaders, cancer charities, MP’s and professional bodies to raise awareness and share experiences of preventing occupational cancer. IOSH wants to raise awareness of five of the top causes of occupational cancer registrations and deaths: Diesel Engine Exhaust emissions – is linked to 650 UK deaths a year; Solar radiation –…


HSE Beware Asbestos Campaign

Published 30 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Occupational health risks

The presence of asbestos in the workplace presents a significant risk to employees health. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious and fatal diseases with around 20 tradespeople suffering asbestos related deaths every week. HSE have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with asbestos, where it can be found as well as identifying ways to manage and…


Sun protection in the workplace: UV bracelets

Published 22 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Construction work can pose a number of health and safety risks. It is the responsibility of not only management but also operatives  to take precautions to safeguard themselves from the hazards posed on site. A significant proportion of construction work is performed outside, with operatives exposed to different types of weather conditions. During the summer months, the workforce needs to be…


Solar radiation risks

Published 19 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Management Weather protection

Workers often face difficult working environments due to the various weather conditions they have to work through. Consideration should be given to the conditions facing operatives and the measures that can be developed and implemented to counteract the impact of these environments. Sun protection and awareness of solar radiation risks are vital to ensure the wellbeing of your workforce, and to provide the best…


Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Published 16 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event. This event focuses on getting together to have a chat and a cup of tea and inviting people to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support. To support Macmillan Coffee Morning on your site, you could do the following: Arrange a Macmillan Coffee Morning and encourage all of your operatives…


Dust Control Equipment

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Mobile machinery

The creation of dust is a very common cause of complaint for the construction industry. Dust not only poses a health hazard for those working on site, but is also the root cause of many complaints made by the public. It is therefore essential that appropriate methods are adopted to minimise the risk of dust on sites, to safeguard workers’ wellbeing, as…


Skcin – Sun safety in the workplace

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations Occupational health risks Weather protection

Skcin are a skin cancer charity whose primary objectives are to raise awareness of skin cancer and promote the importance of sun safety and early detection through national educational initiatives and targeted campaigns. All of the funds they receive into the charity via corporate support and the generous donations made by fundraisers and members of the public, are ploughed back into…


Dangers of Construction Dust: HSE Information Sheet

Published 4 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDust prevention Occupational health risks

Active measures should be taken to minimise dust and fumes. Dust created by construction sites is one of the major causes of complaints from the public and local residents. Dust is also an occupational health hazard for the workforce. HSE have created an information sheet about construction dust and the related health risks. This includes examples of how to stop…


Training and Updates Regarding Occupational Health

Published 30 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultants Counselling services Financial advice Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Stress

Occupational health issues should be addressed by site management. Operatives should be made to feel supported and cared for in regard to their mental and physical health. Examples of training and updates provided for occupational health include: Many smaller sites have arranged for visits by a mobile unit, to carry out general and specific occupational health related screening; Occupational health facilities…


Reducing Dust and Dirt

Published 23 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDebris Dust prevention Housekeeping Implementation Screening of facilities Supervision Tidiness

The circulation of dust and dirt from a construction site often causes frustration and upset amongst the local community. To help reduce this, some site managers have implemented the following: Designated operatives were given responsibility for keeping specific areas of the site clean, tidy and dust free; perimeter dust levels were checked using hand held meters; At the end of…