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The construction industry must unify its approach to help tackle ill health in the workplace, warns B&CE.
Addressing the ICE Health Summit at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London today, Margaret Grahamslaw, Head of Occupational Health & Wellbeing at B&CE, argued that the construction industry must unify its approach if the sector is serious about improving occupational health in the workplace.
”At B&CE, we’re taking these challenges very seriously. We are proud to be firmly rooted in the construction industry and have been supporting it for 75 years. We are now looking to give something back in terms of health. We want to make occupational health simple for construction employers and workers to understand.
“When our Chief Executive Patrick Heath-Lay addressed this Summit in January last year, he highlighted the lack of consistency across the industry. And this remains our key challenge – everyone is still doing something different. We’re not sharing what we need to share. We’re not being united in our approach. We’re also not clear about the scale of that challenge – we don’t know how many people are being made ill through work. Health surveillance isn’t always being done, so we’re not picking up the early signs of ill health which is vital to taking a proactive approach. We are also still too focused on fitness for work rather than the effects of hazards at work on health.
“We look forward to continuing to play an active part in the HCLG and helping the industry address these challenges.”
For more information, contact Samantha Wilding, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at B&CE – Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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