East Midlands

Commitments

‘No Time to Lose’ (silica phase) – to get occupational cancer issues more widely understood and help businesses take action.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

A key element of this phase is IOSH, BOHS and HSE collaborating at a series of events across GB during 2016–17 to deliver a tripartite, silica-focused presentation entitled ‘Working together to beat occupational cancer – spotlight on silica’.

Timing

Ongoing initiative – this phase was launched in March 2016.

Impact

Provision of free practical advice and guidance about the health risks and good control practices.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Breathe Freely – a collaborative initiative led by BOHS to tackle occupational lung disease (initially in the construction industry).

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Worked with key organisations within the construction industry to develop guidance, tools and resources that facilitate the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace exposures leading to the implementation of a recognised management standard. Organised a series of events and roadshows that continue throughout 2016.

Timing

Ongoing initiative launched on 28 April 2015.
Breathe Freely 2 for the manufacturing sector planned for launch in April 2017.

Impact

In its first year it has attracted support from over 160 partners and sponsors, including employers, trade unions and other influential people within the construction sector and elsewhere.

Update

Breathe Freely 1 in Construction has continued to provide guidance, tools, resources and education, with a series of sponsored free to attend roadshows throughout 2017, a major website update and a range of new information resources.
Total document downloads from the website in the first half of 2017 exceeded 3000 (compared to 1000 for the same period the previous year).
In addition BOHS has launched a new training course and qualification to support Breathe Freely; the BOHS Certificate in Controlling Health Risks in Construction. We have also recently confirmed B&CE as a partner alongside HSE, Landsec and Mace.
Breathe Freely 2 in Manufacturing, targeting welding fume exposure reduction, successfully launched in May 2017 in partnership with HSE, EEF, TUC, TWI, Toyota, JCB and BAE Systems.
The website provides a range of factsheets, guides, a control selector tool and toolbox talks. A series of sponsored free to attend roadshows have also been run attracting hundreds of delegates.

Commitments

Our ambition is to halve the rate of harm in our business by 2018.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Costain achieved its best ever safety performance in 2015 resulting in an accident frequency rate of 0.08 – less than half that achieved by the Olympic build.
To improve on this we have a focused strategy with plans covering health, safety and the environment.
Each plan has a small number of priorities based on four enablers – Leadership, Behaviour, Learning and Communication.

Timing

Delivering benefits in 2018.

Impact

Improved risk management across all 3 areas leading to the desired reduction in harm.

Update

We are in the second year of our strategy.
Key initiatives delivered to date include:

  • a consistent set of leading indicator data reported on at every level giving the Board a direct line of site to Divisional, Sector and Project level performance.
  • all projects independently assessed against a Health Maturity Matrix.
  • over 1000 staff retrained in key risk management activities.
  • a new Targeted Risk Monitoring system embedded across all projects.
  • over 300 trained Mental Health First Aiders in place and almost 500 managers trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Our AFR remains at the lowest ever figure and our Lost Time Injury Rate has fallen by 25%.