NEWS: HSE launches CONIAN to ‘set the direction’ for construction industry

HSE has launched a new stakeholder network for the construction industry. The Construction Industry Advisory Network (CONIAN) will be a platform for sharing good practice and behaviour, and to reach and support those that need to improve health and safety performance.

It sits within the newly reformed CONIAC, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee, a tripartite body consisting of trade unions, trade organisations and the HSE.

CONIAC advises HSE of emerging health and safety developments and risks in the construction industry, and agrees plans for the promotion of effective risk control.

HSE says that the launch of CONIAN within the new structure ‘provides a platform for the construction industry to promote engagement with workers to change behaviours’. It also provides organisations with ‘direction on managing construction risks well.’

Peter Baker, Director of HSE’s Construction Division and Chief Inspector of Construction, said:“As part of our drive under Help Great Britain Work Well to promote broader ownership of health and safety, this inaugural event focussed on how the construction industry can work together through CONIAN to support, assist and take the lead in delivering objectives shaped around reducing risk.

“CONIAN will not only give the diverse areas of construction industry a voice, it will help HSE and industry to identify and share the many examples of sensible practices and innovation, as well as understand the reasons for poor health and safety performance and behaviours within our communities and reach those who need help. Ultimately, it is through working together with the aim of reducing ill health, death and injury that we will set a direction for managing present and future construction risks.”

CONIAC is aligned to delivering Help Great Britain Work Well, HSE’s strategy for influencing everyone who has a stake or interest in improving health and safety in the workplace. CONIAC will be organised under the six themes of Help Great Britain Work Well: acting together, tackling ill health, managing risk well, supporting small employers, keeping pace with change and sharing our success.

HSE launched CONIAN at an event at its headquarters in London on 7 December.