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CONSTRUCTION INFONET - NOVEMBER 2017: CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test review, HSE Construction Specialist Team recruitment, prosecutions, HSE Training, news and events.

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Welcome to the latest edition of Construction Infonet

Construction Infonet is a free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide a regular update on health and safety issues for all in the construction industry.
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CITB is reviewing the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test to ensure that it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training.

New question styles  

From January 2018 the test will include two new question styles:

           Multiple-choice with images

           Drag and drop with text

The content of the questions will not change, but some questions will be presented using the two new styles.

Digital revision materials

All digital revision materials have been updated (DVD's, downloads and apps) and can be purchased at shop.citb.co.uk.  The hard copy revision materials will not be updated, but can still be used to revise for the test as the question content has not been changed.

For further details of the changes, and to try the new question styles go to citb.co.uk/hsetestdev.


We are looking for experienced Civil/Structural Engineers to join our Construction Specialist Team.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers across the whole construction spectrum. This role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can. And you'll work alongside the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain to ensure that employers involved in building and construction do so safely. Together, you'll be helping the millions of people who work in construction and the public, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Find out more about this challenging, yet rewarding role at  https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1561327

You can also find out about this role at our upcoming recruitment webinar on 11th December (12–1pm). Dial in to meet our construction specialists and gain insight into our organisation and the important work we do to #HelpGBworkwell.

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A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice.


Utility company fined after exposing employees to asbestos

Further information

Asbestos health and safety


Construction firm fined after employee suffered serious burns

Further information


Construction Safety Topic - underground cables

Roofwork/ Working at height

Builder fined after worker fell from height

Further information

Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

Construction Safety Topic - Working at height

Construction Safety Topic - Scaffold checklist



Britain's annual injury and ill health statistics released.

HSE Consultation

Consultation on the implementation of new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

Consultation commenced on 10 November 2017 and will end on 2 February 2018.


Managing Health Risks in Construction 

Bespoke in-company training for your organisation

As a construction worker you are 100 times more likely to die from ill health caused by your work than through an accident.

There is a tendency to focus on immediate likelihood of harm rather than the things that kill workers slowly. Deaths in construction workers caused by a cumulative exposure to health risks over many years are completely preventable, yet do we do enough to recognise and act upon the known risk factors?

HSE Training can provide your organisation with a unique opportunity to better understand the need for further action on health risks and how HSE train their own inspectors to make judgements and decisions on risk approach. 

What makes our training different?

The training is directly based on the syllabus delivered to HSE Inspectors and therefore enables delegates to fully understand HSE's requirements and standards to be met when tackling health in construction. This will allow delegates to stimulate action and have a structured approach to making judgements on risk.

We can deliver the training at your premises or at a chosen venue both nationally and internationally. 

The training covers;

           The full range of health risks affecting the construction industry including; respiratory risks, noise, vibration, skin exposures, manual handling and mental health.  The training specifically does not cover asbestos

           Practical Occupational Hygiene updates and 'Hands On' sessions

           Case study scenarios to apply learning to real situations and better understand how inspectors make judgements on risk and subsequent enforcement decisions

           If you choose to have the training delivered at HSE- SD's site you will also have access to the broad range of HSE-SD experts including medical and health expertise, hygienists, behavioural scientists and psychologists

Customer Feedback

"One of the best and informative training courses I have attended, greatly improved my knowledge of subjects covered"

- Steven Greenley, National House Building Council (NHBC)

Get in touch

To find out more call Sally on 020 302 82183 or email us at training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk to discuss your specific needs.

Please visit our website for the full list of training courses we offer.

HSL eBulletin – Exposure Assessment and Control


New: CPA Operational Safety Guidance - Stay Safe When Operating Forward Tipping Dumpers

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has updated the Lifting Operations With Excavators publication.


HSE is recruiting

We need experienced engineers and professionals dedicated to improving health and safety. Together their work has substantial impact, helping to protect people from risks, whether in chemical plants and construction sites or oil and gas facilities.

Find out more and view our list of available vacancies.


WWT events

Improve the health and safety of your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most of the Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice.                                                                                                 

19th December 2017 – Refurbishment Health & Safety Event, Durham

Find your nearest WWT Group and get involved.

Visit the HSE website to find out more about national events, conferences and HSL training.



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Paper & Print eBulletin no 27

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Paper, Board and Printing eBulletin

News from HSE

Go Home Healthy

Everyone should go home healthy from work.  Twelve thousand workers die each year from lung disease. Nine million working days are lost each year because of musculoskeletal disorders. Twelve million working days were lost last year because of stress. Find out more by visiting the Go Home Healthy Webpages.

Sector plans and Health priority plans

HSE's focus over the next 3–5 years is set out in sector and cross-cutting thematic plans. These cover 19 industry sectors and 3 themes on work-related ill health.

They have benefited from the input of employers, trade unions and professional bodies, and reflect the direction we set out in Helping Great Britain work well. To view the plans visit HSE's Website.

HSE's Manufacturing Sector Plan Launched

HSE's Sector Plans detail what HSE's Manufacturing Sector are doing to help Great Britain work well.

The Manufacturing Sector Plan covers a diverse range of activities, from engineering, small-scale motor vehicle repair, woodworking and metal fabrication, paper and plastic manufacture, food and drink production to car manufacture, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. On average, 27 workers are killed each year in this sector, accounting for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities.

Known health issues across the sector include musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and occupational lung disease.

Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling inspections

Inspections are now taking place in the Waste and Recycling sector... did you know that it has one of the highest rates of workplace injury?

Our website is packed full of information and advice if you're working in this sector. 

To find out what you need to know, just take a look at our Waste and Recycling section on HSE's Website.



Work Related MSDs Summit

HSE is hosting a Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Summit on 21 March 2018 at the QEII Centre in London. Tackling MSDs needs everyone to #WorkRight and share an ambition for workers to go home healthy.

More information about the event including speaker profiles, sponsorship packages and costs can be found on HSL's Events Website. Alternatively you can email MSDsummit@hsl.gsi.gov.uk

Annual Health and Safety Statistics Launched

Workplace injury and ill health cost Britain £14.9bn in 2016/17.

The annual statistics for health and safety at work in Great Britain have been released. The figures cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

You can view and download the statistics at our website here.

Pre-Order Vital Statistics Poster 2017

This new poster visualises the key health and safety statistics from 2016/17 in an infographic style. 

The vital statistics poster allows health and safety professionals to easily educate their workforce about the consequences of poor health and safety.

You can pre-order your vital statistics poster here. 

Consultation and Research Reports

Consultation on implementing new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

HSE is now consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

The consultation period ends on 2 February 2018 and you can fill in the questionnaire online. 

For more information on the consultation – and to view the consultative document – visit HSE's Website.

Scoping study on multi-site delivery issues for heavy goods vehicles

The purpose of this scoping study was to establish whether there were specific safety issues relating to multi-site deliveries, and how widespread these were within the UK road haulage industry. This study builds on previous work carried out on load securing of goods transported by road. More information on this study can be found on HSE's Research Webpages.

Accidents and prosecutions

Recycling company fined

A recycling company in the West Midlands has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of over £2,900 after a worker was left fighting for his life after being crushed by about 400kg of cardboard. An investigation by HSE found the company failed to establish a safe way to stack bales. This resulted in unstable and heavy bales falling onto the worker causing a cracked skull and brain haemorrhage. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

HSE's Website has practical information on bale handling and bale stacking.

Company fined after worker suffers crush injuries

A plastic and paper manufacturing company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of over £1,500 after a worker suffered crush injuries from trapping his hand in an unguarded printing machine. It happened when the employee's hand was drawn into the print rollers while he was attempting to clean the running machine.  More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release. HSE's Printing webpages has more information on Machinery Safety.

Corrugators fined after worker was injured by a fork lift truck

A North West corrugators has been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck. An investigation by HSE found the company had failed to consider the risk created by vehicles and pedestrians operating in the same area. For information on the accident and fines can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Every workplace must be safe for the people and vehicles using it and traffic routes must be suitable for the people and vehicles using them. HSE's Vehicles at Work Webpages gives information on site layout and the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians around the workplace.

Paper coating company fined after worker suffered burns

A paper coating company has been fined £16,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of over £4,500 after an employee suffered burn injuries following a fire caused by use of highly flammable liquid while cleaning rollers on a coating machine.  More information on the incident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Printing company fined after worker's fingers severed

A printing firm who supply and cut paper and film for the floristry industry has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay over £5,500 costs. after a worker suffered injuries from accessing an unguarded printing press. More information on the prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.



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