The BuildHealth Management Plan is a tool to facilitate effective control of health risks arising from work activities on construction sites. It draws heavily from the relevant statutory obligations on employers.
The BuildHealth Management Plan outlines an indicator against each of the ten key tasks listed allowing progress to be monitored on an on-going basis.
The BuildHealth Management Plan is available to be downloaded from the web site in a working document format to allow insertion of appropriate timelines and management responsibilities.
- Identify health risks where possible at design and planning stage and design these out so far as is reasonably practicable. All risk assessments to adequately detail the control measures to manage health issues arising from work packages in Project.
- Assess risks to health from work activities and communicate these and their means of control to all at risk. (Many sites will pose a risk of dermatitis, manual handling, dust exposure and noise. The BuildHealth website will direct you to the more common risks and their means of control). Evidence that: Health risks have been assessed and that controls have been implemented. Those at risk are ware of the risks and the proper controls. (See also 7 below)
- For the ill employee develop a basic rehabilitation plan and communicate this to the workforce. Describe the role of the GP, DEA and occupational physician. See advice. Employees know the range of supports and adjustments available and understand the role of the Disablement Employment Adviser, and how their GP can work best with their employer.
- Identify safety critical work. See Website: standards. All sites have a list of safety critical jobs and standards for these tasks are identified.
- Using the resources on the website agree the fitness standards for safety critical work with occupational health providers. All safety critical workers are aware of the key fitness standards for their work and understand the need to communicate health changes/problems to management. The employer can demonstrate that safety critical workers reach the relevant standard of fitness.
- Health surveillance as described in COSHH, the Control of Noise at Work, and the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations is in place. Statutory Medical Surveillance as described in the Control of Lead at Work Regulations and the Control of Asbestos Regulations is carried out according to risk. Health surveillance records available and are properly kept.
- There is a planned programme of training/awareness raising events on workplace health risks. Employees understand the range of health risks on site and the controls that are available.
- Arrangements are in place to allow workers themselves to draw attention to concerns regarding health at work as well as safety. A procedure exists at the worksite for workers to comment on gaps in health and safety practices and such comments are actively pursued.