13 November 2018

B&CE Occupational Health Scheme Update

In October, Build UK members heard from B&CE about the progress they are making on the introduction of an industry wide occupational health scheme.

Setting the scene, Clive Johnson of LandSec reminded the room of when B&CE’s chief executive Patrick Heath-Lay first outlined the vision for a pan-industry occupational health scheme. Clive reiterated the need to get this right – it may take time, but it’s vital that the scheme meets the industry’s needs. ‘Remember, we only have one workforce, who all want a long, healthy and happy retirement,’ he said.

Benefits of a pan-industry scheme will include increasing productivity and efficiency, along with helping the industry recruit and retain talent which crosses Build UK’s three priorities. The scheme will have a digital portable record at its core, making it easier for employers to comply with legislation.

A pilot group of 19 companies has been launched to help test the product as it is developed. The group is made up of major contractors, SMEs, and occupational health service providers, including Build UK members Keltbray, Morgan Sindall, Murphy Group, Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring and Skanska.

Keltbray’s HSQE Director, Simon Hulme emphasised the importance of getting behind the scheme. ‘We need to bring our industry into the 21st century and look after the health of our employees’, he said. ‘It’s about protecting employees who we’ve invested in.’

  • When will the scheme be launched? Development work is underway and the phased launch to market is planned for 2019
  • What will it cost? B&CE is doing further work on the scheme’s pricing model to ensure it’s in line with the organisation’s not-for-profit status and that it’s good value for all
  • Why is mental health not included? B&CE’s focus at this stage is on health surveillance which is a legal requirement for employers. They’ll be signposting to mental health organisations such as Mates in Mind.

Alongside the pilot group, B&CE is inviting construction companies and occupational health providers to join a panel, which will be invited to share industry experience and inform specific aspects of the scheme. If you are interested in joining the panel, click here.

To find out more about the occupational health scheme, please click here.