CONSTRUCTION INFONET - OCTOBER 2018: Fire safety during removal and replacement of cladding, advice on mental health in the workplace, Discovering Safety programme, recent enforcement, news and events

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HSE is undertaking a series of inspections of removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material cladding projects on tall buildings.


The focus of these visits will be on fire safety, though other matters of evident concern found will also be dealt with.


Health and safety inspectors


HSE has produced a sector technical note for its inspectors at Appendix 1 of its operational guidance on Managing fire risk during cladding and insulation removal and replacement on tall buildings, focused on fire matters that is also useful for clients, managing agents, designers and contractors involved in planning, procuring and undertaking the work. If you are engaged in such work, you are strongly advised to read and follow the guidance in the note, which supplements the guidance in HSG 168 – Fire safety in construction.


One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. This can be a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues.


Mental Health


HSE has updated guidance on mental health in the workplace explaining how line managers can support employees and providing sources of further help and advice.


Our website also has a section entitled work-related stress and how to tackle it. This looks at six main areas of work design that can affect stress levels, as well as offering advice on how employers can protect employees from stress in the workplace.


Find out how you can protect your workers from work-related stress to ensure they Go Home Healthy and how the promotion of good mental health and the reduction of mental ill-health in the construction industry is a priority for the Health in Construction Leadership Group.


A large and ambitious scientific endeavour funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation and being jointly delivered by HSE and the University of Manchester.

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The programme aims to improve health and safety on a global scale by using new insights from data and novel analytical techniques. It will operate alongside a wider set of scientific programmes funded by LRF, with the synergies between programmes being identified, explored and exploited.


One of seven projects planned for delivery by late 2019, the Health and safety risk library for the construction industry project is looking to create a comprehensive risk knowledge library from HSE’s archive of regulatory intelligence, supplemented with industry data, to support health and safety designing and decision-making on future construction projects.


We are also working closely with a related research programme, focused around data centric engineering, being delivered by the Alan Turing Institute. One strand of research is exploring the potential of using video analytic tools to auto-detect unsafe work behaviours in video footage of construction sites. A workshop is planned with representatives from the construction sector to consider this further.


The projects are looking for significant steer from across the construction industry to ensure that outputs are fit for purpose and future practical use. To get involved in any of these projects; either by providing data, inputting to the project steering groups or suggesting new industry use cases, please contact the project team by email quotingconstruction’.



A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice.



Further information

Roofwork/ Working at height

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Fragile roofs

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Carbon monoxide exposure

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Confined spaces

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Employment of young people

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CDM Regulations

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Capita announced as preferred bidder for Gas Safe services - Capita Plc will continue to operate the official register of engineers licensed to undertake gas work on behalf of HSE.


HSE appoints experts in gig economy and mental health to Workplace Health Expert Committee - WHEC is a scientific and medical expert committee which provides independent, expert opinion to HSE by identifying and assessing new and emerging issues in workplace health.


HSE Jobs

As the national occupational health and safety regulator, HSE offers a range of rewarding career opportunities. Find out more and view our latest vacancies. 



HSE events

Events, conferences and seminars organised by HSE or where HSE has significant involvement are listed on the HSE event calendar.


WWT events

Improve your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice.



Find your nearest WWT Group and get involved.


BOHS Breathe Freely Roadshows - Preventing Lung Disease in Construction

Breathe Freely is a BOHS initiative, aimed at reducing occupational lung disease in the UK. These FREE-to-attend events will provide important information for anyone who is responsible for the protection of workers' health in the construction industry, especially Senior Managers and Directors.


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