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Construction stand-down targets mental health

Workers across the whole of the UK’s construction sector will take part in a safety stand-down in April to discuss mental wellbeing and plant safety.

Construction stand-down targets mental health
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Last April more than 60,000 people working in the infrastructure industry downed tools in the first campaign, called Stop. Make a Change. More than 50 major clients, contractors and materials suppliers participated and many of them made commitments to help tackle mental health, respiratory health, plant safety and fatigue.

This year the initiative has been extended the whole construction sector “to increase the impact and share the best practice that has been developed more widely”, said campaign organiser the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). 

Events will take place over a two-week period, from 16 to 28 April. Those organisations that took part last year voted to promote mental health and wellbeing and plant safety in 2018. 

In its briefing for employers, the CECA recommends that participating companies decide on their commitments by the end of February. It says they should be “realistic and deliverable, sufficiently challenging to improve performance, measureable, and signed off by an appropriate leader within the organisation”.

Stop. Make a Change is supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) through its structured fund, which allocates sums between £100,000 and £3m to initiatives by employers registered with the body. 


Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine


  • Great idea. We were involved

    Permalink Submitted by Danny Ferry on 2 February 2018 - 12:16 pm

    Great idea. We were involved last year and will be again this year. Well done to to Alasdair Reisner and the team at CECA for helping to bring these important issues to the fore.


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