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Occupational Health Research Award

Our Occupational Health Research Award offers £25,000 of funding to carry out research in occupational health aimed at improving health-at-work for people in construction.

Applications for the 2019/20 Occupational Health Research Award are open.

Closing date for submissions 23 January 2020.

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Previous Occupational Health Research Award winners

Find out which research institutions have received our Occupational Health Research Award in the past and how they’ve used their £25,000 grant to support research into occupational health in construction.

Loughborough University – 2018 Occupational Health Research Award winners

“Occupational ill-health costs UK construction employers hundreds of millions of pounds every year and musculoskeletal disorders account for more than three-quarters of the total. A considerable proportion of that cost is believed to be from lost productivity through presenteeism and this work will make an important contribution to increasing understanding of MSD presenteeism, for the benefit of workers and employers alike.” Professor Alistair Gibb, Loughborough University

Award:
Occupational Health Research Award
Award date:
2018
Awarded to:
Loughborough University
Researchers:
Professor Alistair Gibb
Type:
Presenteeism related to Musculoskeletal Disorders in UK Construction

 
The report for this research is currently in progress and will be published here when ready.

The University of Manchester & UWE – 2017 Occupational Health Research Award winners

“Whilst design for health and occupational health management in construction in general have received limited attention, research-wise and in industry, this research will shed light and provide much needed guidance on this important subject.” Dr Patrick Manu, The University of Manchester

Award:
Occupational Health Research Award
Award date:
2017
Awarded to:
The University of Manchester and University of the West of England (UWE)
Researchers:
Dr Patrick Manu (The University of Manchester)
Professor Alistair Gibb (Loughborough University)
Dr Carolyn Drake (Loughborough University)
Dr Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu (University of the West of England)
Professor Michael Behm (East Carolina University)
Type:
Skills-Knowledge-Attitude-Training-Experience (SKATE) in ‘designing for occupational health of construction workers’

 
Read the full research report (pdf)

Loughborough University – 2016 Occupational Health Research Award winners

“Health often ends up as the poor relation of safety in construction, and it can be particularly difficult for smaller companies that don’t always have the right expertise, or who have limited budgets, to get the right arrangements in place. This research found that some small and micro employers are improving their management of hazards such as dust and musculoskeletal disorders as a result of working on major projects such as the building of the DNRC (Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre), which the research was centred on.” Dr Wendy Jones, Loughborough University

Award:
Occupational Health Research Award
Award date:
2016
Awarded to:
Loughborough University
Researchers:
Dr Wendy Jones, Professor Alistair Gibb, Phil Bust
Type:
Improving occupational health risk management in SMEs: the role of major projects

 
Read the summary report (pdf)

 
Read the full research report (pdf)