The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) is urging civils firms to get behind 2018’s “Stop. Make a change” UK-wide health, safety and wellbeing stand down day.
Last April more than 60,000 workers on more than 1,000 sites took part in events to support Stop. Make a Change. Sites, offices and production facilities stopped work for focused discussions on four key issues – mental health, fatigue, plant safety and respiratory health.
More than 50 clients, contractors and suppliers took part, with many making specific commitments to drive improved performance in the priority areas.
After receiving feedback from these companies, it was agreed to expand Stop. Make a Change in 2018 to cover the whole construction sector rather than solely infrastructure. This is intended to increase the impact of the initiative and share the best practice that has been developed more widely.
In a change to 2017, Stop. Make a Change events will now take place over two weeks, between 16 and 28 April, rather than a single day. This is to support organisations who faced challenges in standing down their entire workforce at once.
A vote among those organisations that took part last year has identified plant safety, and mental wellbeing as the two key priorities for 2018. The smaller number of priorities will allow organisations to provide more time to focus on these issues in detail during events.
Stop. Make a Change has been supported by training body CITB’s Structured Fund as part of Infrastructure 21, a Ceca-led project to help ensure that civils suppliers are ready for expected growth in the sector in the coming years.
Companies from across the wider construction sector are invited to take part in Stop. Make a Change. Full details and joining instructions can be found here.