Category: Health & Safety

Just Published: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell

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Not what anyone wanted: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell

Christopher Gorse and John Sturges: Construction Research and Innovation, Issue 3

Abstract

While many factors will have contributed to the catastrophe at Grenfell Tower, it is clear that the structure itself behaved in a way that no one could possibly have intended. In this article the authors sample the bewildering and sometimes apparently contradictory directions provided by building regulations, and review how fire safety precautions, while seeming adequate on paper, can be undermined on contact with observed on-site practice.

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Saving lives and winning work by meeting CLOCS national standard

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Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to support this initiative taking place in Harrogate on 1st June to help businesses embed and promote health and safety standards in the logistics community. The project is being run by Derek Rees, Chief Executive of SECBE, the regional Constructing Excellence partner for London and the South East.

 

CLOCS Seminar at Tip-ex
Thursday 1 June 2017 at Harrogate Convention Centre
Registration & networking from 13:30. Seminar 14:00 – 16:00

Construction clients, contractors and fleet operators across the UK are adopting the National Standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) – to ensure and demonstrate that they are taking all reasonable actions to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Why? Because over 500 people every year across the UK are killed or seriously injured in incidents involving HGVs when actions by planners, clients, contractors, and fleet operators can help prevent injury, protect drivers and witnesses from emotional trauma, protect business reputation, reduce insurance premiums and meet pre-qual requirements for tenders/contracts.

Join us at the CLOCS Seminar to hear from a range of speakers who will set out why and how they have adopted the CLOCS National Standard.

Speakers are:

  • Introduction to CLOCS – Derek Rees, CLOCS UK Project Director
  • How local authorities are requiring CLOCS through planning and procurement conditions – Davey Robertson, Northumberland County Council
  • How clients require CLOCS through procurement – Neil Cox, HS2
  • How contractors provide the right site conditions and check compliance of fleet operators – Mace
  • National site conditions assessment & directory – Glen Davies, AtoH
  • Update on the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)
  • Questions and Answers

Book your place now for FREE by emailing AttendingClocs@tip-ex.co.uk

Mental Health + the Construction Industry

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2015 Mental Health + The Construction Industry - FINAL

The Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humberside is  pleased to announce its first Health Leadership Briefing on Mental Health and The Construction Industry, which will take place on the evening of 9 June 2015 at Leeds Beckett University.

Health and safety is a major priority in the construction industry. The UK has one of the safest construction industries in the world thanks to industry regulations and the greater awareness of the importance of safety by the construction workforce. Having established good safety measures, the industry now needs to focus its attention on the health of its workforce.

This event is the first in a series of Health Leadership Briefings, in which the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humberside will raise awareness of a number of key health issues, starting with mental health and the construction industry.

Mental health is often seen as a taboo subject and it is one of the least talked about issues in the industry; perhaps this is because of its largely male workforce. Research carried out by the HSE in 2007 found that 88% of those working in construction experience some level of work-related stress and 5% describe themselves as suffering from depression or an anxiety related illness.

This briefing will address questions such as:  What do we mean by mental health? What can we do as an industry to promote a mentally healthier workforce? What are an employer’s legal obligations? Guest  speakers include:  Peter Crosland, CECA; Paul Croston, MIND; Natalie Saunders, Genus Law.

Stefanie Stead, Chair of the CIC Yorkshire and Humberside and Architect at Pearce Bottomley Architects had this to say:

“In these economically and environmentally challenging times, following a deep and protracted global downturn, during which construction shed a great many skilled jobs which it is now struggling to replace, we must be mindful of the pressures and strains on the workforce. Mental health is as important as physical health to the well-being of our industry. This event has been organised to raise awareness of mental health issues on the industry’s Health & Safety agenda.”

Booking details for this event are available here. The £10 ticket price includes a £5 donation to MIND.

CDM regulations 2015 – Are you up to speed?

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On 25th February we will be hosting an CDM regulations update event at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds from 5:30pm onwards.

Our first speaker will be Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health and Safety at Land Securities who has beem involved with the working group for the new regulations and will present on the key changes and what they may mean to you.

Our second speaker will be Jim Barron, Associate Director at Faithful & Gould, who will give the consultants perspective on the changes. Jim will explain how they are preparing for the proposed changes and the impact of key role changes, in particular that of the CDMC, which will cease to exist.

Full details and booking at the link below

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