BOHS is delighted to announce that a new and unique course will be launched during Spring 2017**. The one day Certificate in Controlling Health Risks in Construction, specifically designed to assist construction employers in upskilling their workforce in the basics of health risk management and control, is the only course of its type.
Why it’s needed
Whilst construction employees are generally very aware of, or well-trained in the area of ‘safety’, and personal protective equipment, the more complex area of ‘health’ can be confusing for many. It can feel like an overwhelming subject for Health and Safety Managers and other professionals responsible for this area: also, there is confusion and misunderstanding around other health-related areas such as ‘wellbeing’ and ‘occupational health’ – and how it all fits together.
About the course
This course has been designed to provide training for construction site supervisors, so they can better recognise and control the health risks specific to their workplace, by:
- Identifying the most commonly present health hazards found on construction sites
- Understanding the principals of risk control
- Identifying the measures needed to control common health risks from construction activities
What are the benefits of the course?
Is the only 1-day construction course which adequately covers the control of health risks
- Will ensure that personnel are trained to recognise and control workplace hazards
- Will enable personnel to be better equipped, to ensure workers’ health is better protected
- Provides a highly cost-effective and convenient form of training: 1 day’s classroom learning, with 2 hours’ prior e-learning
- Can be delivered by your company* to your employees, providing ongoing cost savings
What will the course cover?
The aim of the course is for students to develop their knowledge of health and safety management by learning how to recognise and control the most common health risks found on construction sites, and where to find further information and advice if required.
Why is ‘health’ in the construction industry an important area?
The profile of workplace health issues in the construction industry has been raised significantly during the last couple of years, by BOHS’ Breathe Freely initiative and the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG). There is growing recognition of the need to do more to reduce the incidence of ill-health amongst construction workers, and current statistics illustrate the extent of this need:
- Construction workers are 100 times more likely to die as a result of ill-health caused by work, than from an accident
- There are around 5,500 new occupational cancer cases in construction, each year
- There are around 76,000 cases of work-related ill health, in construction
Want to find out more about this course?
The course is expected to be available from the end of May** 2017. To register your interest please email Qualifications@bohs.org and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible. More details of the course can be found here.
Want help with controlling health risks in the construction industry?
Visit the Breathe Freely website for more information about controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease – including extensive, downloadable FREE resources to help with education and training.
*Those companies that meet the required standards, can become BOHS Approved Training Providers (ATPs) and are then able deliver the course to their own staff. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01332 250709/250710.
*Editor’s note: the course will now launch in June 2017.