B: Health and welfare

B01: Management of health

1.8 For further guidance for employers and line managers visit the Government website.

1.10.1 EMAS staff are based in some but not all HSE offices. Check the HSE website for your local contact.

1.10.2 Full details are available on the Healthy Working Lives website.

1.10.3 For further details visit the Constructing Better Health website.

1.10.4 For further details visit the BOHS website.

1.10.5 For further information visit the Strategic Forum for Construction website.

1.10.6 For further information visit the CONIAN web community section of the HSE website.

Appendix A Sleep to perform has been kindly provided by Dr Guy Meadows of The Sleep School. For further information visit the website.

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B02: Welfare facilities

2.6 For further information on provision of welfare facilities at both fixed and transient construction sites refer to the HSE website.

2.7.2 Refer to the Food Standards Agency booklet Hygiene requirements for your businessfor good food hygiene practice; essential reading if you sell food.

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B03: Stress and mental health at work

3.1 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace. For further information visit their website.

3.5 The HSE produces a useful checklist, designed to help organisations to clarify whether their own risk assessment approach to stress is appropriate and sufficient. This can be accessed through the HSE website.

3.6 The management standards themselves revolve around a series of activities and map directly across to the main causes of work-related stress. The process of implementing the management standards is described in full on the HSE website.

3.6.1 The line manager competency indicator tool will enable individuals to compare their own behaviours against the management competencies relevant to the management standards. This can be accessed on the HSE website.

3.7 Signs and symptoms of stress can vary for individuals. More guidance on dealing with the symptoms of stress can be found on the Mind website.

3.8.1 For advice about helping people with anxiety visit the Anxiety UK website.

3.8.2 For advice about helping people with bipolar disorder visit the Bipolar UK website.

3.10 For further information visit the Mental Health First Aid website.

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B04: Drugs and alcohol

4.1 On average, 350,000 people are admitted to hospital every year as a result of alcohol. For further information visit the Drinkaware website.

4.4 A document detailing drug misuse and statistics can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.

4.4 For information on drug misuse at work refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Employers’ guide.

4.6 Visit the Drinkaware website for an alcohol unit calculator.

4.6 For an employers’ guide to alcohol at work visit the HSE website.

4.8.2      Employer associations, solicitors and professional bodies (such as Alcohol Concern, Norcas or Drugscope) can advise and help develop a workplace alcohol and drugs policy.
+ Alcohol concern
+ Norcas
+ Drugscope

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B05: First aid

5.4.7 The checklist in the HSE guidance First aid at work (L74) serves as a general guide on the number of first aiders and appointed persons required.

5.7 For further information on the Accident Book BL510 visit the HSE website.

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B06: Personal protective equipment

6.4.2 BSIF has issued a safety flash highlighting dangerous counterfeit safety helmets, which is available online.

6.5 For more detailed information on the requirements for head protection visit the HSE website.

6.10.3 For a table showing laser health risks visit the Government website.

6.11.9 The HSE Skin at work website contains basic practical advice for employers and employees on the prevention of skin diseases. The site also contains in-depth technical advice for occupational health nurses and health and safety practitioners, plus other resources.

6.12 For images of malignant melanoma and non-melanoma refer to the Cancer Research UK website

6.12.2  A leaflet for workers who are working in hot weather is available from the HSE.

6.15.2 Guidance and recommendations are provided in the HSE publication Respiratory protective equipment at work: a practical guide (HSG53).

6.15.3 For further information on the Fit2Fit scheme refer to the website.

6.15.5 The HSE has launched a new, easy-to-follow pocket card aimed at workers. It covers the key points about wearing a face mask to make sure it is effective. Download a copy from the HSE website.



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B07: Control of substances hazardous to health

7.3 The regulations can be downloaded from the Government legislation website.

7.5 A list of all WELs is published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Guidance Note EH40, available to download from its website.

7.6.1 Further information on labelling and packaging can be found on the HSE website.

7.7.1 The HSE has developed a free internet tool (the COSHH e-tool) for identifying good control practice. It covers a wide range of processes and activities and also provides advice for products that have safety data sheets.

7.7.3 The HSE, in collaboration with the TUC and CBI, has developed a COSHH essentials toolkit to help firms comply with the COSHH Regulations.

7.7.6 The HSE has compiled a set of example COSHH risk assessments for some industries, available on its website.

7.7.6 There is also excellent guidance on silica exposure on the HSE website.

7.8.1 A poster on skin checks for dermatitis is available to download for free from the HSE website.

7.8.1 For further information on dermatitis visit the HSE website. Detailed maintenance arrangements for engineering controls and non-disposable RPE are in the Approved Code of Practice (L5).

7.11 The HSE has published new online guidance, with guidelines on health surveillance needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.

7.12 REACH aims

7.12 Further information can be found on the HSE website

7.12 and on the European Chemical Agency website.

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B08: Lead

8.1 Information on working safely with lead can be found on the HSE website.

8.2 An extract from an observational study undertaken on lead exposure on scaffolders during refurbishment construction activity is available online.

8.12 In accordance with HSE Operational circular OC 298/15 for inspections under CLAW, inspectors may seek from employers evidence of surface contamination levels.

8.15.1 For further information visit the LIPSA website.

8.15.2 For further information visit the PDA website.


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B09: Asbestos

9.1.1 There are many resources available on the HSE website, including video support, which can indicate the likely locations where you may find asbestos.

9.2 For further information on research into the dangers of asbestos visit the HSE website.

9.4 In addition the HSE publication Asbestos: the licensed contractor’s guide (HSG247) provides specific guidance for high risk (licensed) asbestos work.

9.6 The HSE publication Managing asbestos in buildings - A brief guide provides simple precautions to be undertaken and explains the duty to manage in general terms. It is available as a free download from the HSE website.

9.6 For a checklist on managing asbestos visit the HSE website.

9.7 Guidance covering licensed asbestos removal, sampling, analysis and clearance procedures is available from the HSE.

9.9 The HSE website provides comprehensive and understandable guidance on the types of work methods to be used.

9.10 The HSE has published a flowchart in their leaflet Advice on non-licensed work with asbestos to assist with deciding the status of asbestos work.

9.10.4 Notification of this type of work will be necessary. Once you have confirmed the work is NNLW, you need to notify it to the relevant enforcing authority. Do this using the online notification form.

9.10.5 For advice and examples of non-licensed work on asbestos, visit the HSE website. 

9.10.5 The HSE publication Asbestos - The licensed contractors' guide (HSG247) provides comprehensive practical guidance on how a licensed asbestos removal contractor should work.

9.18 The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) offer a range of competency training courses for those undertaking asbestos assessments and asbestos monitoring.

9.18 The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) are organisations offering membership to other organisations who offer asbestos training to people undertaking asbestos removal activities.

9.18 Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD).

9.18 Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

9.18 Asbestos Testing and Consulting (ATAC).

9.18 Information on the risks from asbestos can be found on the HSE website.

Appendix A For further information refer to the HSE publication Asbestos: the survey guide (HSG264).

Appendix B An HSE Asbestos essentials task sheet can be found on the HSE website.

Appendix C The HSE website contains further guidance on asbestos

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B10: Dust and fumes (Respiratory hazards)

10.1 For further details on the construction dust partnership visit the CITB website.

10.5 The HSE publish tables of exposure limits that are regularly revised (EH40). For further information visit their website.

10.6 For further information refer to the Construction News supplement Tackling dust, which can be accessed on their website.

10.11.1 For further information refer to the HSE guidance Health surveillance for those exposed to respirable crystalline silica (G404).

10.11.2 For further information on control methods for construction dusts refer to the HSE website and Construction Information Sheet 36 (HSE CIS36 rev2 2013).

10.13 For further information and details on how to find or check a Gas Safe engineer visit the Gas Safe website.

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B11: Noise

11.3 For further details on the regulations and guidance visit the HSE website.

11.3.2 For further information refer to the noise exposure calculators and ready-reckoners on the HSE website. For further information on the Buy quiet initiative visit the HSE website.

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B12: Vibration

12.6.2 HSE information on practical ways to avoid or reduce use of vibrating equipment (HSG170) can be found on its website.

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B13: Manual handling

13.5.1 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed online tools to assist employers carrying out manual handling assessments.
Manual handling assessment chart (MAC) tool.
Variable manual handling assessment chart (V-MAC) tool.
Assessment of repetitive tasks (ART) tool.
Risk assessment of pulling and pushing tool (RAPP) tool.

13.6 For a brief guide on manual handling at work visit the HSE website. There is a case study on the HSE website for reducing plasterboard manual handling, which could be delivered as a toolbox talk.

Appendix A For further information visit the HSE website.


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