British Safety Council’s construction sector interest group up and running

29 Sep

Representatives from construction companies who belong to the British Safety Council came together for the first time at the end of September to share their views on major health and safety issues; help shape our representations to government and the regulator; and identify what more we can all do together to drive improvements through the sharing of best practice.

Alex Botha with co-chairs Phil Coutts and Grant Findlay

The setting up of this group under the direction of Alex Botha, our chief executive, and the ones planned for manufacturing, energy and transport members, are proof of the British Safety Council’s determination to better understand the health, safety and environmental management challenges our members are facing and use the knowledge and expertise they have far more effectively in ensuring workplaces are healthier, safer and more sustainable.

The group, co-chaired by Grant Findlay of Aspire Defence Capital Works and Phil Coutts of Mace Technology, and which will meet twice a year, has a diverse range of construction members from house builders as Bovis Homes to major contractors such as McNicholas, Willmott Dixon and Trant Construction. The discussion at the first meeting covered a range of issues including the role, responsibility, competence and suitability of construction supervisors; HSE’s plans for the extension of cost recovery through ‘fee for intervention; and the Löfstedt review of health and safety legislation.  The work of and output from the construction and other interest groups will be shared on our website and through the pages of Safety Management.

Sector interest groups for manufacturing, energy and transport will follow.

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