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Tackling the challenge: safety

NCE editor Antony Oliver highlights the steps that the magazine will take to encourage better practice.

IMPROVING THE construction industry's poor health and safety performance is the responsibility of everyone in the industry - and that includes NCE.

Good practice must be encouraged and rewarded and consistent poor performance highlighted and outlawed.

While the introduction of revised CDM safety regulations present a challenge for everyone in construction, the basic message does not change.

We still have to think harder and earlier about the process, about the risks and about the consequences of actions so as to properly control them.

The new regulations provide an opportunity to think hard about what we are doing. And here, NCE has a role to play.

We can and we will be working hard to ensure that health and safety remains top priority for all readers. And we will be rewarding the successes and highlighting the challenges.

1. Safety on site Whenever NCE features a construction project in future:

l we will always include a specic reference to the project's safety performance l we will identify at least one best practice tip being used.

2. Safety in design Whenever NCE writes about the design of management of an infrastructure project:

l we will always include specic reference to the way major risks are being managed l we will identify at least one best practice tip.

3. The health & safety fact Every week we will publish a brief item that either highlights best practice or reminds readers of what happens when things go wrong.

4. How are we doing?

The target is to move towards zero deaths in construction, but how well are we really doing? Each month we will publish the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE) rolling 12-month safety statistics highlighting the people killed in UK construction. This is intended to help keep the devastating consequences of poor performance top of mind.

5. Annual industry safety review Each November we will publish the HSE's statistics with analysis and comment about the performance.

6. Top performers We want to hear about top safety performances - the people and departments, and initiatives that are really making a difference to construction's safety performance. With help from Construction Industry Council's health and safety committee chairman Keith Clarke we will highlight and reward the best each month.

The first awards will be announced in NCE on 10 May.

Submit your entries by Monday

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