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Commitments

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – A good practice guide for the civil engineering sector.
The benefit of this document is in the way it is laid out, taking the stakeholder through the different aspects of a project in a logical manner, from concept to completion – rather than describing each regulation in turn.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Sharing Our Success

Activity

CECA have worked with a number of organisations to bring about this single publication, which explains, in very simple and clear terms, what must, should and could be done when addressing the various aspects of the Regulations in relation to carrying out civil engineering works.

Timing

Hard copies have been produced and circulated to all CECA members (and further afield) and feedback to date has been extremely positive.
It is proposed that this document be updated periodically as further examples of good practice are made available.

Impact

CECA have produced what they believe to be a highly innovative
approach to help those in the construction industry respond to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in a way that helps improve site health and safety compliance.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Write guidance about tall buildings.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

The risk involved in tall buildings is different from conventional build as techniques differ, but more importantly risks can be very different as height increases, and there is no single source of guidance.
The tall buildings group is writing guidance identifying good industry practice to establish a clear benchmark that would aid both the industry and regulator.

Timing

It is hoped this might be ready for wider consultation early in 2017, with publication later in the year.

Impact

Industry-agreed benchmark for safe design, construction
and maintenance of tall buildings that will aid consistency by industry and regulator.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Form an industry technical special interest group and produce guidance on the safe operation of vacuum excavation equipment.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Following a fatality, an industry specialist interest group (consisting of manufacturers, users, clients and hirers) was convened by CPA to identify and agree suitable operating
standards and write guidance on the safe use of vacuum excavation equipment.
This will cover personnel selection and training; managing safe excavation; exclusion zones; use of equipment and tools; dealing with blockages; emergency procedures etc.

Timing

The aim is for the guidance to have been finalised and published by early 2017.

Impact

Industry-agreed benchmark for safe use of vacuum excavators, which will inform and help users, hirers, clients and the regulator.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Joint meetings of Scientific Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification (SACGM) and the Advisory Committee for Releases into the Environment (ACRE).

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

Cross-working of independent scientific advisory committees SACGM and ACRE through joint open meetings to provide advice and assurance to government and the public on safety and environmental protection from new techniques and technologies in biotechnology.

Timing

First joint meeting took place in March
2017, addressing the issue of gene drive modified organisam.

Impact

Demonstrates a joined-up approach to advice on risk assessment/ risk management and provides public assurance that government is accessing independent, current and relevant scientific advice.

Update

Ongoing. Periodic meetings to be scheduled thereafter as cross-cutting issues arise.

Commitments

Nurturing competence.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

The Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) passport sets the benchmark for baseline knowledge and understanding needed to work on engineering construction sites. A major nationwide consultation with stakeholders has prompted significant developments to meet stakeholders’ evolving needs.

Timing

Full implementation in 2017.

Impact

CCNSG remains the universally recognised passport of choice
to work in this sector. Unnecessary card proliferation is minimised.

Update

The CCNSG scheme continues to develop. A pilot of new arrangements allowing web based testing ‘on site’ will shortly take place.
ECIA is responding to the impact of the new apprentice levy and other contemporary the relevance of skills development in maintaining H&S competence are manifest.

Commitments

Aligning ‘competence’ systems.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

Engineering construction’s CCNSG passport was not recognised on civils sites. ECIA worked with the civils contractors trade body and secured agreement that it was. This reduced unnecessary duplication of cards.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

An important element of basic workforce risk awareness continued to be a solution, rather than an expensive problem.

Update

Build UK continues to recognize CCNSG passports as a valid currency on civils sites outside engineering construction.

Commitments

Six Pillars.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Sharing Our Success
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Working with both our internal and external customers and promoting best practice through our ‘One Best Way’ documents and Customer Improvement Groups.
Tackling ill health: treat health like safety through Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Occupation Hygiene, develop a document defining each health pillar.
Keeping it simple – reducing paperwork by enhancing competencies.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Keeping up to date on all health, safety and security legislation and amending policies and procedures accordingly. Start meetings on the positive and share our successes with both internal and external customers.

Update

Working with both our internal and external customers promoting best practice through our One Best Way supply chain requirements and Customer Improvement Groups which set clear SMART objectives.
The latter comprises of all of our supply chain on a particular discipline. e.g. the cleaning group which includes all of our cleaning providers, have fed into HSE industry forums such as the Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum.
Landsec therefore provides a link between employers and the HSE, ensuring all parties Act Together.

Commitments

By 2020 the UK electricity industry will have delivered a sustained improvement in H&S performance by applying and influencing best practices.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Energy UK member companies together with the industry’s recognised trade unions commit to work together to achieve the visions set by the industry’s Powering Improvement initiative.
Overarching themes are: Leadership; Worker Involvement; Building Competence. Powering Improvement provides line-of-sight between the electricity industry’s’ interventions and HSE’s Utilities Sector plan.

Timing

Annual focus:
2015 – Working with Contractors
2016 – Occ. Health
2017 – Asset Management
2018 – Human Factors
2019 – Review

Impact

Share best practice to address Occ. Health issues. Management and workers’ representatives work together to adequately control risks.

Update

Revised commitment.

Commitments

Focus on the aspects of asset management that reflect the
overarching themes of the electricity industry’s Powering Improvement strategy.

Themes

  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Focus on managing ageing assets and the potential risks to members of the public and workers.
Assess and manage risks from new technologies and procedures as they move from trial phase into business as usual.
Share lessons learned from managing process safety risks.
Work with others to share lessons learned from managing the H&S challenges from the smart meter roll out.

Timing

  • Appoint Champion – Jan. 2017
  • Asset Management Workshop – Oct. 2017
  • Publish ‘SHE Review’ (past asset related incident case studies) – May 2018

Impact

  • Sharing best practice and guidance on the principles of asset management.
  • Align industry priorities with Utilities Sector plan.
  • Review existing asset management and process safety frameworks

Update

Revised commitment. Used as a case study in HSE Annual Conference 2017 programme.

Commitments

Crossrail and its contractors have put in place a number of strategies to minimise exposure to silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emission.

Themes

  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Implementing strategies to minimise exposure to silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emission and, additional engineering controls have been applied to plant equipment and dust control measures.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

These strategies, combined with restricting access to potentially high-risk work areas and the stringent application of appropriate personal/ respiratory protective equipment, have resulted in significantly improved air quality and minimised exposure.

Update

Management of exposure levels to both silica dust and diesel are at the forefront of the programme safe working protocols.
The inclusion of ventilation systems help support air movement and quality. The use of face fit masks and training and stringent management in that area enhances the quality of protection to the wider work force.
Air quality alarms and monitoring sensors are in place throughout the wider tunnel and station network.
All are ongoing.

Commitments

Increase the profile of occupational health and wellbeing in electricity industry companies and share knowledge and visibility of best practice.

Themes

  • Sharing Our Success

Activity

Raise the profile of Occupational Health through communication events and activities; meetings, training and workshops, leaflets, and website publications.
Develop a Powering Improvement “Occupational Health and Wellbeing – RoadMap” to share good practice and experience.

Timing

  • Publication of RoadMap – May 2017.
  • Further populate RoadMap with additional material -2017/18.
  • Ensure RoadMap remains current and relevant – ongoing

Impact

Demonstrated leadership and commitment to improve occupational health in the electricity sector Sharing of best practice across the electricity sector Ongoing resource for use by the industry Reduction in ill health issues.

Update

Revised commitment. Used a case study in the HSE Annual Conference programme.

Commitments

Crossrail continues to share good practice and have created
a ‘Learning Legacy’ website for the construction and wider industry to take our work forward.

Themes

  • Sharing Our Success

Activity

Sharing of good practice including creating the Learning Legacy website for the construction and wider industry with a wide range of resources available for the purpose of continuous learning.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Sharing good practice and resources such as a series of health and safety Impact videos to raise awareness and reduce risk of basic health and safety failures.

Update

The Learning Legacy website is in production and will assist cross organisation learning.
Health and safety videos have been produced and are viewed across all organisational departments.
Safety steering groups are in place across all levels of management, Director level, Project Manager level, Construction Manager level, Site Supervisor level, Operative level.

Commitments

Improve the safety and reliability of wind turbine service lifts.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

In collaboration with HSE, Vattenfall proactively commissioned independent engineers to undertake a failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) study of lifts. This identified actions that could be taken to improve the safety and reliability of wind turbine service lifts.

Timing

March 2016 – August 2016.

Impact

Business continuity has been maintained, and confidence provided that the lifts now provide safe and reliable service, ensuring the safety of staff and contractors.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

To monitor and improve national safety standards on large, high-speed fairground equipment in theme parks.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

Develop and encourage use at UK theme parks, of a cross-industry, KPI-based benchmarking system addressing key causes of accidents to employees and members of the public. This will allow different park owners to compare their technical and operational safety performance, and share good practice to reduce the chance of a catastrophic incident.

Timing

Ongoing, first report end Q4 2017/18.

Impact

Evidence-based best practice methods for technical and operational safety management will be shared across the industry to reduce routine and catastrophic accident events.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

‘Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour’ programme.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Group directors are encouraged to undertake regular site leadership tours, displaying visible health and safety leadership and an opportunity to explore key risks.
Guidance document produced focues on key site issues, encouraging directors to review the core areas.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Highlights key issues to directors, helping to create an environment where individuals are confident to discuss these matters.

Update

The Directors Tour initiative has proven very successful. For the financial year 2017/18, 1,168 tours were carried out, an increase of 29% from 2016/17.
This increase coincided with an improved AFR for the same period.
Supply chain senior management were also invited along.

Commitments

Setting management priorities.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

ECIA has developed an agenda for senior managers in engineering construction firms to develop already high standards even further. This agenda reflected HSE’s regulatory priorities for construction.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Senior managers can decide confidently, in the knowledge that their decisions will reflect HSE’s thinking for the
way forward.

Update

Our senior manager agenda guidance continues to provide a basis for more strategic setting of risk management priorities.

Commitments

Exploiting productivity and risk management synergies.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

A major initiative identified best practice productivity drivers. The underlying principles are clearly the same for managing risks. A genuinely ‘user-friendly’ tool was developed showing where requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) fit into productivity frameworks.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

It has convincingly shown large organisations’ senior managers the wider benefits of integrating risk management into operational planning.

Update

The CDM tool continues to be a popular and frequently visited part of our guidance portfolio.
We are continuing to develop initiatives to boost productivity in our sector. Positive synergies between risk and productivity management continue to be confirmed and highlighted.

Commitments

Draft guidance to ensure that health and safety risks posed by refuelling vehicles with hydrogen are adequately controlled in a proportionate manner.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well
  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

Work in conjunction with the British Compressed Gases Association, other industry partners and HSE to develop and publish guidance on the standards expected for the safe retail of hydrogen for refuelling vehicles.

Timing

Aspire to publish by end of 16/17 financial year.

Impact

Industry retailing hydrogen for refilling vehicles will be clear of the health and safety standards expected at refuelling stations.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

To achieve world- class performance in health and safety management.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Researched the market to find a suitable partner to help them establish whether their safety culture could be considered ‘world class’ and, if not, where they are falling short. Chose HSL to run Safety Climate Tool surveys, workshops and interviews, using the resultant data to create an improvement action plan.

Timing

Initiative begun in May 2015.

Impact

The success of the initial pilot has led to two further EDF businesses signing up (July 2016) for working on improving safety culture.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Crossrail recognised that though awareness of mental health issues is increasing in the UK, it is still considered a difficult and sensitive topic to discuss and manage.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Despite increasing awareness of mental health issues, it can still prove a difficult topic to manage. A survey has been created to gather information from the workforce with an aim to develop a range of tools, services and support to effect a positive culture change.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Encouragement of open communication and available support services seeks to affect the male-dominated sector and reduce the negative consequences of unsupported mental health issues.

Update

The focus on Mental health has been further enhanced by the introduction of training to Mental health first aiders.
Every site has a mental health first aider, which includes both Crossrail and contractor representatives.
The first aiders attend monthly meetings to discuss issues and sharing lessons learnt.
All are still ongoing.

Commitments

To ensure continued safety of consumers with minimal burdens and disruption properties with flues in voids.

Themes

  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

The research will:

  • establish the feasibility of detecting defects in concealed flues by measuring carbon dioxide in the void;
  • test a variety of instruments designed for this purpose (measuring either CO or oxygen);
  • propose a feasible methodology for site testing and the interpretation of results.

Timing

Laboratory testing has been completed and work is ongoing on real-life flues to determine if alternative methods can replace or augment visual inspections.

Impact

Research will identify if alternative methods will ensure safety of consumers while minimising disruption and expense when checking safe operation of flues in voids.
This will inform industry standard procedures.

Update

The outcomes identified that the use of a CO2 test instruments would not be sufficiently robust to be used solely as an alternative to visual inspection of concealed room-sealed flue systems.
However this methodology was considered suitable as a complementary methodology to assist engineers to more robustly confirm the effectiveness of flue when in conjunction with visual inspection as currently employed.
The research document has been made available to relevant Standard development committees (BSI 5440-1) so that findings can be considered in any future guidance.

Commitments

Provide evidence which allows for regulatory change reflecting current and future GB natural gas sources.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Develop robust evidence to support changes, which maintain safety standards, to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GSMR) safety parameters and the development of an IGEM Standard.

Timing

Spring 2019.

Impact

Remove the need for nitrogen ballasting of imported liquefied natural gas, with a suggested potential saving of £ 325 million pa. The changes will also allow for biomethane to be introduced.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Crossrail recognised early in the project that innovation and the use and development of new technology has the potential to reduce exposure to hazards and reduce harm.

Themes

  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

New technology initiatives introduced, such as the drilling rig that can reduce manual handling, monitoring vibration risks and fatigue studies to demonstrate impact of new shift patterns and importance of sleep quality.
Further research will address high-risk activities/workers and the effectiveness for a number of interventions.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

New initiatives will lead to a reduction in manual handling and dust risks, including new targets to eliminate the risk of hand-arm vibration, carpal tunnel syndrome and fatigue.

Update

The initiatives identified are being implemented across the programme. The drilling rig is extensively utilised by the track side installation team and radically reduces the risk of hand arm vibration.
Further emphasis on health in the work place has focused on working hours, therefore reducing risk of incidents due to fatigue.
All are still ongoing.

Commitments

Promote good health and safety practice within the water industry.
Themes

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

The Occupational Health and Safety Group, comprised of senior health and safety practitioners from UK water companies, meet to discuss industry trends and issues relating to health and safety, share best practice and develop industry-specific guidance to drive continuous improvement for the water industry.

Timing

Four meetings per year.

Impact

Improved health and safety management and reduction in associated outcomes within the industry over time.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Increase the visibility and profile of gas safety through ‘Gas Safety Week’.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

19-25 September 2016 saw the sixth annual Gas Safety Week when organisations from across the UK work together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
GSR’s role is to act as catalyst – setting the overall theme and producing messaging and collateral for supporters to use.

Timing

Annual event in September each year.

Impact

GSR signed up 6859 companies and organisations to take part in 2016.
In 2015 5123 companies and organisations supported Gas Safety Week.

Update

GSW 2017 successfully commenced over 18-22 Sept., with 7831 people and businesses pledging support this year.

Commitments

Encourage gas consumers to have appliances regularly serviced to reduce risks from gas.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

Manufacturers are considering offering a 10- year warranty for appliances that are annually serviced by GSR-registered engineers. They are currently in discussions with GSR to discuss the proposal and mechanism for recording the servicing of appliances to validate warranty.
There is a role for GSR as an ‘honest broker’ in discussions and there are seen to be industry- wide benefits.

Timing

Early stages. Monitoring via GSR monthly update report.

Impact

Potentially wide impact depending how this is positioned.
This supports GSR core messaging around the annual safety check of gas appliances and will feed into the future consumer awareness/ messaging strategy.

Update

This forms part of our key messaging and through working collaboratively with UK boiler manufacturers we are progressing development of an online warranty activation portal which will also allow annual validation by registered businesses that the appliance is correctly and competently maintained and serviced.
This evidence will be used by manufacturers to maintain warranty provision throughout the term.

Commitments

To provide research on competence of newly-qualified Gas Safe engineers and to see if competence is declining.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

To determine whether newly-qualified engineers really are less competent now than they used to be and if there are any particular patterns to this. Industry is taking its own steps to further clarify the cause of the problem and GISG has agreed to fund research.

Timing

Spring 2018.

Impact

Research report will be used with other evidence to determine future approaches to competence to ensure consumers are safe and engineers comply with the law.

Update

Project launched and stage one – Turning up the heat on training standards – completed.
Research, evidence gathering and preliminary funding outline.
Five more stages planned ending with launch in Spring 2018.

Commitments

Suggest and monitor the implementation of improvements by key figures within industry responsible for engineer training and assessment.

Themes

  • Acting Together

Activity

There have been questions raised as to whether the current routes to gas engineers attaining competence are fit for purpose and are delivering competent gas engineers to GSR and the industry. Recent research findings by GSR indicate that improvements are necessary by the training and assessment sector to stem these issues.

Timing

Early stages. Initial findings of research now known and presented to industry. GSR monthly update report.

Impact

Potentially a wide- reaching impact on UK consumer safety and confidence in the GSR brand.

Update

GSR and HSE colleagues have been encouraging the Standards Setting Body “industry” to progress and implement a suitable mechanism to introduce a quality audit into the gas training sector, through the implementation of the requirements of the IGEM/IG/1Standards of Training in Gas Work document.
All training providers are required to have their training programmes approved by the end of 2017 and subsequently undergo an industry audit program in order to achieve and maintain approval.

Commitments

Advantage through Alignment (AtA).

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Sharing Our Success
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

An industry-leading approach to supply chain engagement. We are taking ‘Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour’ – our own,
award-winning, in-house behavioural safety programme – to our supply chain.
The initial scheme pilot saw directors of the supply chain attend and empowered them to launch the programme in their respective businesses.

Timing

Since the initial course, managers and supervisors from the same businesses have now attended our two-day coaching course; the tier of training designed for implementing the programme at site level.

Impact

Educate the supply chain on Galliford Try’s approach to health and safety on-site. Allow businesses to adapt and implement the programme themselves on-site and within their organisations.

Update

The provision of Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour training to our aligned supply chain partners remains in place with continued strong demand.
Numerous open courses bespoke to our supply chain partners have been held over the last twelve months. These have now developed further with events bespoke to individual companies being held.

Commitments

Raise health and safety standards across the waste and recycling industry.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Our revised strategy includes a number of objectives including developing a tool to assist in setting up occupational health programmes; guidance on steps towards improved behavioural safety and a resource to stimulate communication between workers and managers on health and safety improvements.

Timing

Our strategy guides our work plan until 2018.

Impact

Impact is measured through ESA’s Accident Reduction Charter, which commits ESA to 10% year-on-year reduction targets in RIDDOR injuries.

Update

The goals and commitments within ESA’s Health and Safety Strategy are inextricably linked to the work streams and outputs of WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health).
Establishing a link between both strategies makes a lot of sense. With Members of ESA’s H&S Committee also participating (or leading) on relevant WISH work streams, linking both strategies has helped share expertise while reducing duplication.
ESA’s commitment to occupational health; behavioural safety; and communication are currently being pursued through WISH working groups.
WISH is in the process of developing a management tool to help measure levels of employee engagement; developing guidance to improve operator understanding of health surveillance requirements; and helping to identify positive behaviours to improve competence at supervisor and team leader level.
Relevant outputs from these projects are expected over the course of 2018.