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The Occupational Health in Building Services Survey (2016)


A major initiative to help improve occupational health across building services was launched by the ECA, alongside the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), Constructing Better Health (CBH) and Construction News.

The survey was also supported by industry bodies including the Joint Industry Board, SEC Group, the FSA and SELECT.

This sector-wide survey aimed to obtain key information which will lead to improvements in the physical and mental health of building services contractors and operatives, through cost-effective occupational health management.

Survey Results (2016)

Survey results

Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of building services firms say they actively manage occupational health, according to a new survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the BESA and Constructing Better Health.

Of those that said they managed occupational health (OH), some 82 per cent cited a ‘moral duty’ as a key reason for doing so, while over half (51 per cent) said it also helped to show the sector was ‘a great place to work.’ Many respondents also said that managing OH led to a more productive workforce, with better staff retention (77 per cent), and less absenteeism (84 per cent).

The main on-site occupational health hazards identified by respondents were manual handling (96 per cent), noise (94 per cent), and asbestos (93 per cent). 

Of the firms who reported that they manage occupational health overall, nearly six in 10 (56 per cent) incorporate plans to tackle potential mental health issues, such as occupational stress.

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