Managing health risks is no different to managing safety risks. Whilst there has been a significant reduction in fatalities over the last 40 years in the construction industry, there were an estimated 76,000 total cases of work related health of which 31,0000 were new cases. In a high risk industry such as Construction, it is important to know how to act fast and have a robust programme with the right controls. We break down the HSE 3-step approach in three easy steps. Firstly, you need to establish who does what in order for any structure to work both in terms of hierarchy and speed of response.
Once roles and responsibilities have been estabished, a 3 step approach to managing health risks can be implemented.
Health risks in construction can range widely so it is impoortant to have a clear set of steps to planning:
Planning is simply one element of manging health risks, setting controls allow for all involved parties to act on them:
It may be that all the right controls and actions have been set to ensure health risks are being managed. However, making sure that they are working is also key to success:
Accountability is one of the key messages in managing health risks in such a high risk industry. CDM projects where there are large numbers of third party contractors can often carry many health and safety risks that require a planned approach from the very start. How can Airsweb Help?NGF Europe
achieved great success by having a planned approach including the Airsweb Permit to Work solution as part of their management and delivery of a large CDM project at Lea Green. With software solutions available for accident and incident, risk assessment, and action tracking, Airsweb work with you as your software partner in QHSE to build a solution that measures the overall success of the 3 step guide as set down by HSE. Contact us today on 0151 289 6811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us deliver software solutions that make your QHSE programme deliver the results you need. Lee Davies Sources http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/healthrisks/managing-essentials/managing-essentials.htm
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