North West

Commitments

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council is totally committed to the health, safety and welfare of employees and constantly looks at ways to improve their working methods.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Has proactively engaged both HSE and HSL to share experiences and best practice in achieving good health risk management for construction workers. Engages staff to demonstrate commitment to preventing ill health at work and openly encourages staff participation in identifying and suggesting solutions to health-related issues.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Have compiled a formal health and safety policy, and implemented a range of health initiatives, one of which has reduced manual handling tasks for highway operatives by 85%.

Update

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council have reduced manual handling tasks by 85%. This was achieved by the totally mechanisation aspect of the ‘Multihog’ machine. A second machine has now been purchased, with the aim to improve on the 85% within 2 years. Since the machine’s introduction MSD problems and absences have been reduced. The council is also tackling a range of ill health issues – exposure to RCS dust, swing lift devices, face fit testing, risk assessments and introduced a health and safety questionnaire.

Commitments

Improve organisational management of work-related stress prevention in primary and secondary schools in Sefton.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Reviewing current approaches to preventing work-related stress. 23 schools have volunteered for a pilot project to develop appropriate, robust and consistent processes (potentially based on HSE’s Management Standards approach), with practical actions to prevent and reduce work-related stress, aiming to roll out the approach to the wider GB education sector.

Timing

2–3 years.

Impact

Reduction in absence due to stress and improved wider take- up of a systematic approach to stress prevention across the sector locally.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Healthy Liverpool (HL) is a major plan to improve the health of people in the city, and make sure that Liverpool’s health and care system is focused on the needs of patients; supporting people to stay well for longer, and providing the very best treatment and care when needed.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Traditionally patients have not always been asked about their working environment or assessed for how work may impact on their lung health. Work is under way to change this. GP practices will begin to record patient occupation as standard, prompting GPs to ask questions, such as whether breathing symptoms vary on days off work compared to a holiday period.

Timing

From 2017 GP practices will record patient occupation as standard.

Impact

This early intervention means advice/ guidance can be given at an earlier stage to prevent the development of severe respiratory conditions, such as occupational asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

CONIAC have set up an SME working group with HSE to develop new messages and delivery techniques to reach the smallest part of the construction sector (those undertaking domestic and small commercial projects) to encourage improved standards in both design risk management and construction practices on-site.

Themes

  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

This working group will include the commissioning of a communication-focused major research project to deliver bespoke messaging and interventions to effectively engage the ‘hardest to reach’ construction SMEs. A priority of the group is to also stimulate action from dutyholders to support their SME colleagues independently of the regulator.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Research will inform future messaging to improve SME engagement with CDM and encourage improved behaviours, which will impact on a reduction in the fatalities, accidents and instances of ill health.

Update

Working Group set up in April 2016 Chaired by Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Research commissioned from Kantar Public in 2017 which is now complete and in report stage. Research findings and next steps to be launched at the reconstituted CONIAC event in Rose Court on 7th December 2017.

Commitments

CONIAC have set up a Case Studies Working Group to canvas industry sectors to provide examples of duty holders demonstrating pragmatic good practice in construction projects.

Themes

  • Sharing Our Success

Activity

Submitted nominations will be vetted by the working group and those selected will be subjects for 90-second films comprising interviews, explanations of how compliance was approached and what that has meant for effective and safe project delivery. Ten films are proposed: 5 for large projects, 5 for SMEs.

Timing

Ongoing.

Impact

Sharing good practice aims to encourage improved behaviour and practices in the construction industry, but also adoption of a more positive approach to health and safety in industry.

Update

In hand and developing under the new reconstituted CONIAC Sharing Our Success Working Group – led by CITB. Case studies currently being collected and reviewed in preparation for selection and filming in due course.

Commitments

To improve risk awareness and reduce accidental injury by advocating a collaborative approach to risk management and reporting.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Used the Safety Climate Tool to benchmark their own safety observation and near-miss reporting performance with other companies across industry. Influenced a collaborative and innovative approach to improving risk awareness and reporting incident near-misses throughout the organisation.

Timing

Continuous monitoring over the past 4 years.

Impact

Encouraging safety observations, near- miss reporting and the integration of health and safety awareness into routine work activities has fostered an ‘acting together’ culture and has minimised incident- related injuries.

Update

Ongoing.