The Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) was formed in 2014 after a challenge from HSE’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) for the industry to do more to ‘Think Health’ and responding to the influence of ‘Construction 2025’, the Industry Strategy for Construction.
The group is comprised of contractors, clients, the Health and Safety Executive, professional bodies, trade associations and trade unions.
The role of the HCLG is to act as both a stimulus and a catalyst in helping unify the industry in its approach to worker health protection and the promotion, adoption and implementation of best practice processes and initiatives.
The HCLG has engaged key business leaders and industry influencers in the construction sector through its Health in Construction CEO Summit events in 2016 and 2017.
At these events, CEOs made a commitment to eradicate the thousands of cases of ill health and disease caused every year as a result of exposure to health hazards during construction work, as well as to address the growing incidence of mental ill health in our workforce.
There is much to achieve by the overall target date of 2025, so the HCLG will focus on the key areas of promoting good mental health, ‘healthy design’ , the prevention of respiratory disease, the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and the provision of quality health data for the industry.
“It’s time for change … construction workers in the UK are 100 times more likely to die from an occupational disease than a workplace accident.”
To make construction the leading industry for occupational health and disease prevention by 2025 – the construction 2025 initiative.
To unite the construction industry in order to eradicate the ill health and disease caused by exposures to health hazards on building sites.