Health and Safety Manual Update – June 2020

Health and Safety Manual Update – June 2020

The Construction Health and Safety Manual has now been updated, the updates are now live on and the Manual subscriptions will be sent out during this month.  The latest update includes:

  • A new Health section to reflect the current thinking within Health and Safety that health issues should be viewed on an equal footing to safety. Most sections have been reviewed and updated and several new sections published on Mental Wellbeing; Silica; Display Screens and Musculoskeletal Diseases; and Compressed Air and Ionising Radiation. The Noise and Vibration section has been split up and the Drugs and Alcohol and Contaminated sites renumbered.
  • Work at Height – a completely revised and re-ordered section following the logic of the hierarchy of control of risk as set out in the Work at Height Regulations. The Appendix on Tube and Fittings Scaffolding has been updated by the NASC.
  • Suspended Access Equipment – a review and update covering both Temporary and Permanent equipment types and the addition of new images, assisted by SAEMA the trade association committed to advancing safety, standards, and best practice in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry,
  • General updates to the Training and An Introduction to the Law sections.

Written by Health and Safety Directors and Advisors who represent a wide cross section of the UK’s leading construction companies and clients, this Construction Health and Safety Manual aims to provide construction companies working in the UK with a useful and pragmatic tool to help them comply with their legal duties and to improve the way health and safety issues are managed throughout the construction process.

New Health Section

Health and Wellbeing are key factors in ensuring that people at work and those affected by work activities are free from risk of work-related disease, injury and mental health problems. The Health and Safety Executive reports that in 2017-2018, 1.4 million working people suffered from a work-related illness and nearly 27 million working days were lost due to work related illness. These figures significantly outweigh those for work-related injuries (almost 4 million) and are often overlooked by companies and individuals who give priority to safety-related matters. Specific health hazards such as exposure to asbestos continue to dominate statistics with over 5,000 deaths due to asbestos related diseases. Over half of these are due to mesothelioma, a cancer related to exposure to certain types of asbestos.

The benefits of focusing on health and wellbeing in the industry are significant, ensuring not only less risk of work-related ill-health, disease and mental disorder, but also improving the morale and working environment of all those involved.

The primary purpose of the Construction Health and Safety Manual Health section is to assist construction employers, site managers and supervisors to understand the risks to health arising from construction activities and to give advice on how to meet legal obligations in managing work-related ill health by eliminating or reducing exposure and mitigating the harm.

New Work at Height Section

Work at height remains the largest single cause of fatal accidents in the workplace. In construction, around half of all fatal accidents are caused by falls from height, resulting from unsafe access to and/or unsafe work at height. The latest update to the CIP Construction Health and Safety Manual includes a fully re-written work at height section, and an updated Appendix on Tube and Fittings Scaffolding written by the NASC – National Access & Scaffolding Confederation.

Neil Murray, independent consultant said “ Falls from height remain the single greatest cause of fatal accidents in construction, and I believe that the rewritten Work at Height Section can make a contribution to reducing these accidents by ensuring  proper competence,  planning, organisation and selection of work equipment for safe access to and safe work at height.”

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