February 3rd 2011
The Crossrail project is well underway and the tunnelling contracts have been awarded. Each contract has its own unique challenges for the contractors and sub-contractors. One of those challenges is to provide the workforce with the support they need for their wellbeing and occupational health.
The construction industry is a dangerous working environment and by promoting wellbeing and utilising an occupational health programme many risks can be reduced for the staff on-site. In promoting wellbeing, staff are actively encouraged to stay healthy and thus remain optimally productive for their employers.
Companies who have a comprehensive occupational health programme will benefit from both lower levels of staff absenteeism and reduction in the costs associated with absenteeism.
In terms of comprehensive occupational health programmes for the construction industry, Constructing Better Health (CBH) offers a set of best practice standards for the construction industry. An important priority for any construction project is ensuring that an ongoing health surveillance programme is in place. Each project will require a tailored programme as individuals can come in to contact with various substances, use different types of machinery and be in differing work environments such as working at height and working in confined spaces.
Express Medicals has been working with the construction and rail industry for 15 years and understands the everyday challenges construction companies have. As an approved occupational health supplier to Crossrail and its contractors. Express Medicals can provide solutions to companies’ occupational health challenges with minimum disruption to the workforce.
More information can be found at www.expressmedicals.co.uk