The initiative, which starts with a new sector-wide survey, has been set up by trade bodies including Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Constructing Better Health.
The collaboration aims to provide essential baseline data which will lead to practical occupational health information and support for contractors.
The move follows the recent construction industry ‘Occupational Health Summit’, which was attended by dozens of chief executives and directors of construction firms and trade bodies, including senior representatives from the building services engineering sector.
“There are numerous examples of effective occupational health provision in our sector and, managed properly, it delivers business benefits and the career health of tens of thousands of engineering employees,” said Paul Reeve, director of business services at the ECA.
“But while there have been major sector-wide improvements in workplace safety, many contractors still struggle with occupational health.
“Our survey, which is aimed primarily at employers, aims to find out much more about the current situation, to give us an informed baseline for helping contractors to engage with both physical, and mental, health issues.”
Tim Rook, director of technical at BESA added: “The contracting and construction environment is one of the most demanding sectors to work in, and the health of those working in our sector should be considered vital to success.
“By using the results of this survey we will be able to target and promote best practice, to help both on-site operatives and managers.
“I would encourage everyone to take part as fully and honestly as they can to make this initiative really valuable to the sector, the wider industry, and their own businesses”.
The overall survey findings will be shared with key stakeholders across the industry in the second quarter of this year.