28 September 2016

Highways England Adopt Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard

Build UK continues to positively impact best practice in the industry with the announcement that Highways England will adopt its Safety Helmet Colours Standard from 2017.

Highways England’s construction and maintenance contractors will implement the colour-coded safety helmet system next year, a development which will help to ensure consistent health and safety standards across UK construction sites.

The Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard, which coincided with the release of its Training Standard, was drafted in consultation with, and the full support of, Build UK members to develop best practice and ensure the effective delivery of construction projects. Using simple colour coding to identify on-site personnel, the Standard provides a clear and consistent approach to improve communication and safety across UK construction projects.

Its launch highlighted Build UK’s commitment to improving on-site health and safety, while news that Highways England will adopt the Standard exhibits not only Build UK’s reach, but the willingness of the industry to present a joined up approach. The development of the Standard and its implementation by the wider industry represents a success for Build UK’s collective voice and highlights the positive results that can that can be achieved through a collaborative way of working.

Philip Farrar, Highways England Major Projects Delivery Hub Health and Safety Lead, said:

“Health, safety and wellbeing is a key imperative for Highways England and adopting the Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard supports the objectives of our 5-year health and safety plan. This is a great example of working collaboratively with our delivery partners and the wider construction industry to achieve consistent standards.”

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“We are delighted that our Safety Helmet Colours Standard, which aims to provide clear and practical help for everyone working on-site, is being taken on and implemented by the wider industry as best practice. Health and safety is a priority for Build UK and we will continue to bring the construction supply chain together to discuss the issues that matter to our industry and ensure that Build UK, as the voice of the industry, leads positive and meaningful change”.

For more information about Highways England adopting the Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard visit the Construction Enquirer website. The Highways England Safety Helmet Colours guidance document is available on the Government website.