HSE Construction eBulletin: December 2021

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Keeping the UK Building Safely (KUBS2): Covid transmission risk survey

Thomas Ashton Institute (TAI) draws on the combined knowledge and experience of University of Manchester and Health & Safety Executive to deliver research, learning and regulatory insights to enable a better working world.


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TAI invites you to complete an important survey - 'Keeping the UK Building Safely: Covid transmission risk (KUBS2).'


The information provided will increase understanding about preventing workplace transmission of COVID-19 in the construction sector and will build on the scoping study (KUBS1*) published earlier this year.


This survey aims to:

  • gain a better understanding of transmission risk and mitigation management practices across the supply chain and diverse work activities in the construction sector

  • generate deeper insights into how the use of control measures and COVID-related testing/vaccine practices can assist in effective transmission risk management and ensuring positive health and safety outcomes

The survey is anonymous and the information in the survey will be treated confidentially.  Your reply will not be passed on to any other party. Results will be reported in aggregated format only and no individual will be identifiable in the data or reports.


Please help and get involved. TAI wants to hear as many views as possible from anyone working in construction.


How to take part

The survey can be completed on phone, tablet or laptop:

A copy of the study Participant Information Sheet, including the details of the research, is also available at the above link.


It should take around 10 minutes to complete and closes on 31 January 2022.


*View KUBS1 - 'Keeping the UK Building Safely: a scoping study'

Regulatory changes to building safety - HSE call to designers

Do you have a role in designing high-rise buildings?  If so, it’s important you start preparing now for the changes being proposed under the Building Safety Bill.

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HSE is calling on designers to prepare now for upcoming regulatory changes to building safety.


Peter Baker, HSE’S Chief Inspector of Buildings, said:


“Designers have a strong influence on safety and standards, particularly during the very early planning and design stages of a building project.  


"Their decisions not only affect the safety of those carrying out the building work, but also those maintaining, using, or living in a building after it is built. I encourage designers to act now and prepare for the more stringent regulatory regime.  


"HSE will continue to work with the building design industry and related businesses to support them to deliver safe and high-performing buildings and ensure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe, and feel safe, in their homes now and in the future.”


For further information, read this press release.

Measures announced to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at work

On 8 December, the UK government announced Plan B measures for England in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.


The most recent GOV.UK guidance has information on the latest public health measures, including face coverings and the NHS COVID Pass. Those who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go to the workplace.


You can view specific guidance for construction and other outdoor work.


There is separate advice for Scotland and Wales.


You can also find the latest updates on COVID-19 variants identified in the UK.


HSE’s latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you to continue to work safely during the pandemic. You must still control the risks and review and update your risk assessment.


The following workplace controls remain unchanged:

Upcoming HSE training and events

There are a range of upcoming virtual and in-person training courses and events organised by HSE.


Find out more and see the full schedule.


Upcoming courses and events include:

Recent HSE enforcement activity


Links for further guidance and information: Asbestos health and safety


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Links for further guidance and information: Principal contractors: roles and responsibilities

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