Health and Safety
Health and Safety at work have always been of key focus in the construction and concrete industry. British Precast is committed to supporting our members to gain the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage different health and safety concerns.
Click on the links below to view our initiatives and further information.
All members of British Precast are committed to reducing harm and have signed the Health and Safety Charter.
The British Precast Health and Safety Steering Group is active in promoting best practice and improvement throughout the industry.
The Safer By Competence scheme initiative champions the principle that all employees and contractors in the sector should move to be provably competent in their roles within a defined timeframe.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people will experience some form of mental health concern while they are at work, and that 30% to 40% of absences from work are caused by mental health concerns. This area of the British Precast website links to resources relating to mental health and wellbeing for both employees and employers.
Safeprecast, Safeprecast.com, and the Safeprecast app has been developed with guidance from a working group drawn from the industry and builds on the already successful ‘Safequarry’ and ‘Safer by’ suite of services developed by the Mineral Products Association (MPA).
British Precast holds two Safety and Health Awareness Days annually for our members. These are proved to be an effective means of sharing good practice through both practical demonstrations and formal presentations.
British Precast works closely with the Building Products Delivery Working Group (BPDWG), whose aim is to aid in the development of good practice for loading, transporting and unloading goods for the building products supply industry.
MPA and British Precast have joined forces to launch a new Health and Safety Awards scheme for 2021. The new awards build on the success of the long established and highly acclaimed MPA Health & Safety Awards and retain many of the key elements associated with it.
The new scheme has been evolved to encourage submissions from all sectors and sizes of organisations within the mineral products industry. All organisations working within the supply chain of the mineral products industry are free to enter. The entry forms can be downloaded from the Safeprecast website.
With the theme of ‘Look, Listen, Learn, Lead’, MPA & British Precast’s first virtual Health & Safety Leadership Conference took place on Wednesday 11 November, hosted by BBC Radio Presenter Sybil Ruscoe. The event launched MPA’s new ‘Vision Zero’, together with the associated values, strategies, targets and focussed on the leadership and behavioural change required to deliver them, drawing on the insights of leaders from within the industry and the workforce. Contributors also talked about what they had learnt, managing, and adapting to a Covid-19 environment.
Find out more about the latest Health and Safety initiatives in place to safeguard the industry.