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HSE Initiative Occupational Health

17th June 14

In 2012/13 (p1) there were 39 fatal injuries to construction workers in the UK. In the same period the HSE estimates that there were over 100 times as many deaths from work-related ill health and disease.

An alarmingly-high occupational cancer burden is attributed to the construction industry accounting for over 40% of all workplace cancer deaths.

Ill health conditions reported can lead to debilitating and potentially disabling consequences. Examples include asthma, hand-arm vibration, noise-induced hearing loss and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Ill health incidence rates in construction in each case are often higher than the all industry average.

The way in which health issues on construction sites will be managed has changed, issues will now be assessed using a new tool developed in conjunction with HSL. Named HeRMMIn (Health Risk Management Maturity Index), inspectors will use this auditing process to evaluate how ‘mature’ contractors are in dealing with and so managing health issues throughout the company. It is envisaged that after further development work this tool will then be available on the HSE website for industry to use as a self-assessment audit process.

Guidance on what mature practice looks like is also being drafted so companies can readily identify the solutions to become more effective in dealing with the issues.

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