Behind the Build with Wavin – Health and Safety Series

In Wavin's Behind the Build series we take a look at some considerations for heath and safety, an important issue for construction professionals. From the use of BIM (Buidling Information Modelling) to supporting your teams mental health, we look at a some tips and ideas for improving health and safety on site.

Improving onsite safety using BIM

In the first of our videos, we take a look at how Building Information Modelling can be used to improve With so many different groups involved in a projects lifecycle able to access, use and input into a BIM model, there are several health and safety opportunities for construction teams to take advantage in. For more information on our BIM content visit our BIM centre.

Mental wellness for construction professionals

In the 2nd episode of our Behind the Build series we take a look at how you can improve your mental wellness. The construction industry has suicide rates nearly 4 times higher than the national average. In this episode of our Behind the Build series, created in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group, we look at how to recognise the signs of mental health fatigue and share some tips to help improve your mental wellness.

Looking after your teams mental health onsite

The construction industry has suicide rates nearly 4 times higher than the national average. In this episode of our Behind the Build series, created in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group, we look at how to recognise the signs of mental health fatigue and share some tips to help improve your teams mental wellness.

Additional mental health resources

 

Free confidential support services

 

Samaritans

The Samaritans aims to provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Their helpline is free to call any time (24/7) from any phone. They offer a safe place to talk without judging or telling you what to do, they will listen to you.

Call 116 123

 

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Construction Industry Helpline

This helpline is provided by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It advises on a range of matters including occupational health and wellbeing, support and advice for people with stress, and home worries such as divorce, tax and financial concerns. The services can also provide emergency financial aid to the construction community in times of crisis.

Call 0345 6051956

 

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Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

 

This helpline and webchat is available 5pm until midnight, 365 days a year is available for people in the UK who have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.

Call : 0800 58 58 58 (UK) 0808 802 58 58 (London)

 

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Papyrus HOPLINEUK

This is a helpline for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. They offer confidential support and practical advice with trained advisors to help you focus on staying safe from suicide or advice on supporting a young person that you are concerned may be a risk. Opne 9am to midnight every day of the year.

 

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Employer advice, support and resources

Employee mental health and wellbeing is beginning to get the attention it clearly deserves, with organisations starting to consider it in the same regard as onsite worker safety. As an employee you can ask your manager or HR department about any support that your employer has put in place to help support mental health For employers and managers in the construction industry, the following resources could be useful in providing employee support and promoting mental well-being in the workplace.

 

Mates in Mind

A charity providing information to employers about the available support and guidance on mental health and wellbeing and helping to transform the mental health cultures in workplaces. They have sector specific support for the construction industry including tailored training programs and elearning, guidance eon specific worker issues and communication materials such as posters.

 

Light House Club

Providing emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. In addition to their 24/7 construction industry helpline and app, this charity also provides construction focused wellbeing and mental health training including the MHFA England approved Mental Health First Aider course.

 

Mental Health at Work

Mental Health is a collection of resources curated by the charity Mind. It includes a toolkit for building mental health in construction and suggest 5 key steps to building  a supportive culture around mental health in construction.

 

HSE website

The HSE aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. Its website has a section about stress and mental health at work and offers a number of management standards, stress and suicide prevention resources.