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Category: Health & Safety

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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