Dame Carol Black takes on the challenge of health improvement among workers across the construction and civil engineering industry

With 27 million of us going to work every day, the workplace offers a major opportunity to drive health improvement. In this blog, Dame Carol Black, chair of the health at work network, talks about the importance of workplace health and well-being and what’s being done to take up the challenge of health improvement across the construction and civil engineering industry.

Dame Carol was hugely impressed with the example set by the construction of the Olympic Park, which was completed with an excellent safety record. But further, the Olympic Development Authority worked closely with the main contractors Duradiamond to develop health and well-being programmes for all the workers on site. The timely and efficient delivery of the Olympic venues and infrastructure clearly shows the impact that good employee health and well-being has on productivity.

She goes on to talk about how the Responsibility Deal health at work network set up a construction and civil engineering subgroup, with key industry players including Kier Construction, Costain Ltd, Arup, Mount Anvil, The Health & Safety Executive and Duradiamond. This group are now working towards a pledge which offers support to companies in their supply chain and smaller enterprises in promoting health and well-being.

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9 Responses to Dame Carol Black takes on the challenge of health improvement among workers across the construction and civil engineering industry

  1. Pete Twinam says:

    As part of a working group with CIRIA, which developed the Site Health handbook for those in the Contruction industry, CIRIA C670, may be that could be referred to and given more publicity to the industry. At its time it was considered the Only handbook of its kind…. stay healthy.. PT

  2. Tania@DH says:

    Thank you for your post and suggestion. We will bring this to the attention of the health at work network’s construction subgroup and take their views on finding appropriate avenues to promote the publication through their work.

  3. Tania@DH says:

    Thank you for your post and suggestion. We will bring this to the attention of the health at work network’s construction subgroup and take their views on finding appropriate avenues to promote the publication through their work.

  4. Paul Tuohy says:

    Pleased to be invited to assist in the implementation of a Pledge for companies to adopt policies and practical measures in the work place around responsible drinking. Mentor is already heavily involved in a pledge for evidenced based education in schools but we need measures across society if we are to change our attitudes towards responsible drinking. I was impressed with Carols determination to make this happen and hope we can support her.

  5. Paul Tuohy says:

    Pleased to be invited to assist in the implementation of a Pledge for companies to adopt policies and practical measures in the work place around responsible drinking. Mentor is already heavily involved in a pledge for evidenced based education in schools but we need measures across society if we are to change our attitudes towards responsible drinking. I was impressed with Carols determination to make this happen and hope we can support her.

  6. Bisma says:

    I think pledging to an aicton really holds people accountable. By making a pledge to follow through it is really saying that you are going to put in the effort and commit to following through instead of just agreeing that something is a good idea.

  7. Bisma says:

    I think pledging to an aicton really holds people accountable. By making a pledge to follow through it is really saying that you are going to put in the effort and commit to following through instead of just agreeing that something is a good idea.

  8. Jenn Smith says:

    We have a local; Sutton and Merton Responsibility Deal. and have been working with a local building company who now provide fruit once a week, for all staff and they are planning a sensible drinking pledge for January 2013.
    Pledges do not necessarily have to be about big organisations; they can work for small companies just as well.

  9. Jenn Smith says:

    We have a local; Sutton and Merton Responsibility Deal. and have been working with a local building company who now provide fruit once a week, for all staff and they are planning a sensible drinking pledge for January 2013.
    Pledges do not necessarily have to be about big organisations; they can work for small companies just as well.

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