Through active engagement with the HSE, the supply chain and influential safety charities such as RoSPA, ECA helps to ensure that health and safety legislation and guidance are fit for purpose in the building engineering services sector. ECA also publicises the excellent overall health and safety performance of its members.
Instrumental in the development of PAS 91 and SSIP, 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
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 has dropped substantially since 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:
03 Oct 2018
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative throughout October 2018, focusing on the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silicosis, wood dust and other hazards.
14 Mar 2018
The new ISO 45001 Health and Safety Standard has been published. It is intended to be used by small as well as large organisations, to improve their occupational health and safety performance. It will replace OHSAS18001.
07 Feb 2018
The new ISO 45001 Standard will be available to purchase directly from BSI (the British Standards Institute).