Health & Safety
The health & safety of the workforce has always been of key focus in the construction and concrete industry and British Precast is committed in supporting members to gain the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage health & safety matters.
Click on the links below to view our initiatives and further information.
The British Precast Health and Safety Steering Group is active in promoting best practice and improvement throughout the industry.
All members of British Precast are committed to reducing harm and have signed the Health & Safety Charter.
The Safer by Competence scheme initiative champions the principle that all employees and contractors in the sector should move to be provably competent in their roles within a defined timeframe.
British Precast holds two Safety & Health Awareness Days (SHADs) annually for our members. SHADs are proved to be an effective means of sharing good practice through both practical demonstrations and formal presentations.
The Safeprecast app has been developed with guidance from a working group drawn from the industry and builds on the already successful ‘Safequarry’ and ‘Safer by’ suite of services developed by the Mineral Products Association (MPA).
British Precast work closely with the Building Products Delivery Working Group (BPDWG), whose aim is to aid in the development of good practice for loading, transporting and unloading goods for the building products supply industry.
A briefing on lifting operations has been issued. This Briefing arises due to a lifting chain for a pack grab lifter snapping at a plant. Preventative action and key learning points are noted.
Health & Safety News
27 Mar 2017
Huge thanks to Forterra Building Products for hosting our latest SHAD. Delegates participated at all six learning stations: risk perception, safe manual handling, dust, drugs and alcohol testing in the workplace, noise and vibration, and cancer awareness.
18 Oct 2016
Meeting Building Regulations is not enough to minimise fire risk. Regulations do not cover property safety nor construction stage. Construction stage fire safety is the remit of the HSE.
The HSE say: “All those making design and procurement decisions that significantly affect fire risk should consider and reduce the risk and consequences of fire during the construction phase through DESIGN.” (HSE emphasis).
To do this, choose non combustible materials: choose precast and masonry. Read more.