The Importance of Construction Site Safety

Dangers on a construction site are plentiful: moving machinery, working at height, heavy and bulky materials and tight and confined spaces are just some of the risks that are readily identifiable.

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are over 250 million work-related accidents every year. A 2014 article in Construction Management magazine claims that 19.5% of all fatal accidents at work occur in the construction industry. Shocking statistics, it is fair to say, but perhaps not close enough to home to change attitudes and behaviour?

A recent crackdown on the construction industry in Abu Dhabi saw the city municipality issue 67 offences and 53 warnings to building contractors and consultants for ‘failing to create a safe working environment’.

Of the offences recorded at construction sites several citations included unsafe work at height, failure to service firefighting equipment and non-compliance with personal protective equipment.

The message is clear: construction sites must comply and ensure that contractors and consultants abide by environment, health and safety (EHS) standards to maintain the safety of employees, protect against the risk to life and mitigate against potential hazards in the workplace.

Building a culture of safety compliance

There is no one solution and the reality is accidents will always happen. Providing employees with the tools to identify and manage risks is a necessity when trying to reduce potential harm. Education and improving compliance through knowledge and qualifications must come to the fore.

To help employers in the Middle East and Asia improve the standards of EHS we have recently launched a suite of internationally recognised health and safety qualifications for construction. These short courses provide construction workers with the knowledge and attitude they need to ensure compliance with health and safety standards:

The focus on improving health and safety is not a flash in the pan, but is part of a sustained approach that is being replicated not only in Abu Dhabi but across the Gulf Cooperation Council. The municipality said it would continue the campaign across all building and construction sites in Abu Dhabi.

Following the inspections, the municipality released a statement, which read: 

‘The inspectors also made a number of observations and directives aimed at improving health and safety on-site and ensuring that all requirements are met’.

At Highfield we are keen to play our part in reducing the harm caused by avoidable accidents in the construction sector. With the increased scrutiny on health and safety and the growing importance of equipping workers with the knowledge and qualifications to avoid non-compliance, the worldwide figures for death in the construction industry will only head in one direction. 

Two additional ‘Introducing Highfield’ sessions for Taunton/Belfast

introducing HighfieldWe’ve added two additional briefings to our series of ‘Introducing Highfield‘ events this spring. 

Due to popular demand, we’ll now be holding a briefing on the afternoon of 13 April 2017 in Taunton, and on the afternoon of 25 April 2017 in Belfast. Morning sessions are now fully booked. 

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the latest news, updates and events follow Highfield on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

More ‘Introducing Highfield’ events for CIEH centres

Highfield Qualifications is holding a final series of ‘Introducing…’ events for CIEH centres looking to make the switch.

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each breakfast briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

Dates and locations are: 

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 – Cheadle 
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017 – Maidstone 
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – Taunton 
  • Thursday 25 April 2017 – Belfast 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the latest news, updates and events follow Highfield on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Instagram

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

 

You’re Invited!

Highfield will be on the road again this summer, exhibiting at several industry events where you’ll be able to meet and speak to members of the Highfield team about our bespoke services, view a selection of user-friendly training materials written to support our qualifications, learn more about our digital solutions and see first-hand how working with Highfield can provide added value to your business.

You can come and see us at any of the following events:

Safety & Health Expo

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The Safety & Health Expo is targeted at professionals working within the health and safety industry. The 3-day exhibition allows delegates to discover the latest innovations and products from leading organisations within the industry, network with like-minded colleagues, receive updates on critical legislation and accumulate CPD points.

Date: 21-23 June 2016 Venue: Excel, London Stand: U1720

Health +  Care

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Health + Care is not only the largest national event for health and care in the UK, but also the most comprehensive event for sector professionals. The Commissioning Show, The Residential Care Show, Technology First and The Home Care Show are all part of the event, so attendance at Health + Care will provide delegates with the opportunity to network with key sector stakeholders.

Date: 29-30 June 2016 Venue: Excel, London Stand: B46

AELP National Conference 2016

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This conference features key speeches from government ministers, senior officials and leading academics. There will also be several workshops and an exhibition. The conference is aimed at all those who work within the employment and skills sector and who want to be at the forefront of future developments within the industry.

Date: 27-28 June 2016 Venue: Novotel London West, Hammersmith Stand: 28

If you would like any further information regarding any of these events  or you are planning to attend any of them and would like to arrange a meeting with a member of the Highfield team in advance,  please email danmcdade@highfieldabc.com.

We hope to see you soon.

Meet the HABC team at The Health and Safety Event

Layout 1 (Page 2)Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) will be at this year’s Health & Safety Event with all the latest news, updates and developments in the world of skills and training for frontline health and safety professionals and educators.

And leading the HABC team will be our new Business Development Manager, Christian Hopper, who has 15 years’ experience in the health and safety sector and will be on hand throughout the event to discuss all your learning and skills needs.

Christian Hopper - ColourHeld at Birmingham NEC from 22 to 24 March 2016, The Health and Safety Event provides the perfect networking and educational opportunity for anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace.

And as well as having the chance to gain CPD and insights with over 45 free-to-attend seminars on the changing landscape of health and safety – including a presentation from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Head of Regulation, Kevin Myers, on new enforcement guidelines – you’ll be able to come along to the HABC stand (J16 within the NEBOSH Education Pavilion) and find out more on how we can help you, including:

  • Details on our range of health and safety and compliance qualifications, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4 and covering specific sectors such as manufacturing, catering, retail, construction and care workplaces
  • Information on specialised health and safety books and learning resources from Highfield International, plus details on resources for associated areas such as fire safety, risk assessment and COSHH
  • Updates on e-learning solutions for health and safety at Levels 1, 2 and 3 from Highfield e-learning, plus case studies on how we created bespoke health and safety e-learning programmes for some of the world’s top companies
  • More on how HABC supports its centres and educators to help reduce workplace harm and deliver the training that employers and learners need to do their jobs safely and effectively.

IMG_4536If you’d like to arrange a meeting with Christian at The Health and Safety Event, please contact him on 07484 054405 or email christianhopper@highfieldabc.com You can also follow him on Twitter at HABC_HealthandSafety

For more information on The Health and Safety Event, go to http://www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk/Home

Expanded health and safety qualification for construction sector

CSCS cardAn expanded version of the Level 1 award in health and safety in construction has been launched to give learners more knowledge as they work towards their CSCS card.

The HABC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety for Construction (QCF) expands on the qualification available elsewhere but with an additional bolt-on unit which focusses on preventing accidents caused by human factors, covering how effective teamwork and good communication can support safety working practices.

It also covers common hazards and risks in a construction environment, safe manual handling practices, working safely at height and working safely around plant and machinery.

It is designed for learners working in, or aspiring to work in, the construction industry, and will give them the knowledge to undertake their jobs safely. Successful learners who also complete the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment knowledge test will fulfil the requirements to apply for the CSCS Labourer’s card (Green Card).

The qualification has been developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, and is aimed exclusively at the construction sector.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘Feedback from the industry suggested that many employers and trainers felt the Level 1 award needed to go further and provide learners with more in-depth knowledge. To that end, HABC has added an extra unit – taking it from four to six credits – and making it a more substantial qualification that genuinely helps learners work towards their CSCS card whilst giving them a better understanding of health and safety issues’.

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1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance ‘(HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

Regular compliance updates from our partners

HABC has teamed up with some the UK’s leading legal firms to provide our Approved Centres with the reliable and authoritative updates possible on legal and compliance issues.

Health and safety – We’re working with Nabarro LLP to bring you quarterly updates on health and safety that are relevant to your business. Nabarro is one of the UK’s best known and most trusted commercial law firms, and specialises in providing no-nonsense and practical advice in plain English from its team of experts.

Food safety – On the huge topic of food safety, we’re working with Greenwoods Solicitors LLP to give you the latest news and updates. Greenwoods is one of the most respected names in the food safety business, with a renowned team of legal experts providing expertise on everything from the new regulator’s code to the horsemeat scandal, as well as key issues of the day.

Licensing – To bring you the latest updates and changes to alcohol licensing in the UK, HABC has teamed up with WoodsWhur – one of the country’s leading legal practices in the field. With its team of sector experts and their in-depth experience, WoodsWhur will be helping us to help you stay up-to-date with all the latest changes to legislation and regulations.

The updates are part of the service we offer to HABC Approved Centres. To find out more, click here.

Highfield consultant appointed to HSE small business board

Highfield consultantHighfield consultant health and safety expert Wendy Nixon has been appointed to the one of the key positions in the whole sector – as a board member of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Small Business Trade Association Forum (SBTAF).

Wendy will be representing small and medium enterprises at both the board and forum meetings, using her position to highlight some of the concerns and issues of business that work with Highfield.

Wendy will also be advising Highfield on forthcoming changes in legislation and HSE initiatives so that it can better inform the businesses it works with.

The SBTAF, which is chaired by Frances Outram, one of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) board’s non-executive members, meets twice a year.

If you are a Highfield customer and have an issue you believe needs addressing by the HSE, please contact Wendy directly on wnixon@highfield.co.uk

Health and safety L3 and L4 qualifications CPD – DONCASTER 15 December 2014

l4 qualificationsHABC is hosting a health and safety CPD event for trainers delivering its L3 and L4 qualifications.

Hosted at Academy House, Doncaster, on 15 December 2014, the Health and Safety CPD workshop will deal specifically with the HABC Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) and the HABC Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF).

Topics covered include:

  • Delivery, learning outcomes and assessment review of both qualifications;
  • Risk assessment and safe systems of work standardisation activity;
  • Recording and management of the qualifications;
  • Learning outcomes and indicative content for both qualifications;
  • Assessment review and common mistakes; and
  • Centre marked activity requirements.

Cost per delegate is £95 plus VAT for HABC Approved Centres and £155 plus VAT for non-Centres.

For more information on the L3 and L4 qualifications or to book your place, email us at events@highfieldabc.com or call 0845 226 0350.

Alternatively, book online here.

HABC MEA holds hazard identification update

HABC MEA has been helping managers involved in construction, health and safety and project management in the Middle East understand more about the importance of identifying hazards in controlling workplace accidents.

Paul Coates, HABC MEA Operations Manager, conducted a 3-hour session on the subject to over 30 delegates from various companies at the Amari Doha Hotel on 8 December 2013.

The seminar was organised by the Vibrant Consultancy WLL, Doha, Qatar, on behalf of a campaign by Arabtec Construction Company – one of the region’s leading construction firms – to raise awareness of hazard identification.

The delegates were welcomed by Mr P. Shaji, Project HSE Manager (Arabtec), who discussed the campaign and emphasised the need for further seminars to create awareness amongst employees.

Throughout the seminar, contributions were made by a number of leading industry figures from the region, included Mr Fadi Al Bashir, Project Manager (Arabtec), who opened the event, and Mr Benjamin, HSE Manager (Turner International LLC Middle East) and Mr H.V. Nair, Project Manager (Gulf Civil Engineering and Construction Company), who both spoke on the topic.

HABC MEA and Arabtec were both thanked for the seminar by Mr Santosh Kumar Pillai, Director of Vibrant Consultancy. Mr Santosh also thanked Highfield HABC MEA and Paul Coates in particular for their ongoing support for making the industry in the region safer for employees.

And finally there was thanks for Mr Jithin Chakkooth, Operations Manager at Vibrant Consultancy, without whom the event would not have happened.

For more information on the work of HABC MEA, go to the website.