CIVIL ENGINEERING companies were this week urged to take part in the 1999 Health & Safety Week.
The event takes place from 25-31 October and will focus on improving health and safety in the workplace.
Construction is seen as a top priority for the HSE as the industry remains one of the most dangerous to work in.
An HSE spokesman said: 'An office is a fairly static environment.
'It doesn't have the dangers of a civil engineering site which changes from day to day.'
The HSE is particularly concerned about the lack of proper washing facilities on construction sites.
Recent research by HSE revealed that 10% of sites were still flouting the law by failing to provide adequate welfare facilities.
The spokesman said that hot water and appropriate washing products were vital on sites to prevent dermatitis caused by materials handled commonly in construction.
'Skin problems don't kill people but they can lead to a great deal of pain and people being invalided out of work,' he added.
An action pack detailing how to get involved in the week is available from the HSE on (0845) 270 1100. Companies can also put forward their projects for a special health & safety award to be presented during the event.