BSG Updates

‘The Majority of employees do not wash or dry their hands properly’, new research shows

15th October 2021

New independent research carried out by YouGov, has found that the majority of employees do not wash and dry their hands properly at work, despite the action being important to help reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses, including COVID.

Dust is the biggest health hazard on construction sites

13th October 2021

Breaches in dust control are the biggest health hazard on construction sites,
according to new statistics published by the Building Safety Group (BSG).

World Mental Health Day: ‘Mental health in an unequal world’

8th October 2021

Each year, on 10 October, World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. The theme this year, ‘mental health in an unequal world’, has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

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Safety worries as asbestos in 60% of Welsh schools

4th October 2021

Inconsistent monitoring of asbestos in Welsh schools could put pupils and staff at risk, unions have warned.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by BBC Wales […]

Employers must ensure workplaces are well ventilated to minimise COVID-19 spread

27th September 2021

Businesses are being reminded that they have a legal duty to ensure that their premises have an adequate supply of fresh air in enclosed areas as part of a broad strategy to minimise the risk of the coronavirus from spreading via workplaces. 

How construction bosses can protect employees’ eye health

24th September 2021

With National Eye Health Week taking place between 20 and 26 September, now is a good time to draw attention to eye safety in your company.

HSE Blitz Alert: Dust

22nd September 2021

HSE’s inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting on Monday 4 October 2021.

Balfour: Two thirds of businesses believe construction is not ready for net zero

20th September 2021

Nearly two thirds of construction businesses don’t believe the sector is ready to meet its net zero targets.

Health and Safety cannot become ‘out of sight, out of mind’ in the hybrid working environment

13th September 2021

Malcolm Tullett, Founder of health and safety consultancy Risk and Safety Plus, looks at how the coronavirus pandemic has affected how we work and looks at what line managers and employers should be doing to help hybrid workers.

BSG Safety Adviser skydives for Sapper Support

13th September 2021

Mark Stevens joins other members of the Solent and District Branch of the Royal Engineers Association in a tandem Skydive in aid of Sapper Support.

Suicides among unskilled workers rose in 2020

10th September 2021

There was an increase in suicides among unskilled construction occupations in 2020, according to new data for England published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Construction activity slows as costs continue to rise

7th September 2021

Construction activity slowed in August, as the tight availability of materials affected the volume of work, the latest IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index shows.

Housing minister: ‘Construction must drive for better quality and safer buildings’

6th September 2021

Housing minister Eddie Hughes is an enthusiastic member of the CIOB and believes the institute has a vital role at a time of rapid change for construction. Will Mann caught up with him.

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‘Homes worse than cars for carbon emissions’

31st August 2021

Business and construction groups have mounted a new lobbying campaign to wrestle £4bn funding from government to tackle energy efficiency in the UK’s ‘leaky homes’.

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Workplace gas explosions have doubled in the last five years, according to research

24th August 2021

Data from a recent study highlights that 2019-20 was the worst year for gas explosions in the workplace, injuring 35 people and killing eight.

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Vaccination policy guidance for employers published

16th August 2021

Build UK has published new guidance for construction employers on developing and implementing a vaccination policy for staff.

PUWER equipment breaches increase by 40% on construction sites

12th August 2021

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 40% increase in PUWER equipment breaches occurring on construction sites during the first half of 2021. BSG’s […]