Through active engagement with the HSE, the supply chain and influential safety charities such as RoSPA, the ECA helps to ensure that health and safety legislation and guidance are fit for purpose in the building engineering services sector. The ECA also publicises the excellent overall health and safety performance of its members.
Instrumental in the development of PAS 91 and SSIP, the ECA has also driven significant improvements in pre-qualification, to increase cross-recognition and avoid costly and burdensome duplication, as a result of multiple pre-qualification questionnaires.
Improving occupational health
ECA 2016 research indicates that almost three-quarters of building services firms said they already actively managed occupational health. The main occupational health hazards identified were: manual handling (96 per cent), noise (94 per cent), and asbestos (93 per cent). The ECA will use this information to help direct its representational activity in this increasingly important area.
The ECA is a member of the Construction Dust Partnership (CDP), which aims to tackle serious lung disease in construction. More information can be found at: http://www.citb.co.uk/health-safety-and-other-topics/health-safety/construction-dust-partnership/.
Recent safety statistics from the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and the ECA show that the RIDDOR-reportable accident rate for 2015 is now only 16 per cent of what it was in 2001. The rate of accidents has halved since 2010. The ECA works with members to ensure that our sector remains a low-risk sector in the construction and wider maintenance industry.
Excessive H&S requirements
Health and safety is vitally important in our sector but occasionally, some third party requirements are excessive or just unnecessary. Any ECA member encountering excessive or unfair health and safety requirements should complete the following forms, as appropriate:
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