19 January 2016

New Lease of Life for Constructing Better Health

Build UK has welcomed the announcement that ownership of Constructing Better Health (CBH), the national scheme for occupational health management in construction, will transfer from CSCS to B&CE. B&CE is a not for profit organisation which has been providing financial and welfare benefits to the industry’s employees for over 70 years and the change in ownership of CBH demonstrates the growing importance of occupational health and the need for an effective industry-wide scheme to support employers.

Improving health and safety performance across the industry has been identified as a priority by Build UK in its Action Plan and we will play a leading role in delivering a framework for consistent occupational health requirements in construction.

The transfer of CBH ownership will take place over the coming months with any changes in staffing announced in due course. The B&CE Board, which includes two Build UK representatives, will meet in February to consider the future direction of CBH to ensure it meets the needs of the industry. 

B&CE Chief Executive Patrick Heath-Lay said:

“This is a great opportunity to take forward the important work of strengthening occupational health within the construction sector. We want to build on the work that Constructing Better Health has done over the past few years and, following a period of intensive engagement with the sector, launch a new proposition that really delivers for construction workers and employers.”

Build UK, which brings together the contracting supply chain, is ideally placed to influence the future of CBH and occupational health management within the industry.