HSE Guidance

September 2023

Construction sites are being targeted as part of HSE’s latest health inspection initiative supported by the ‘Work Right Construction: Your health. Your future’ campaign.

The campaign is raising awareness of health issues in relation to moving and handling materials to improve the long-term health of those working in construction.


Site inspections started on Monday 4 September and will run for 8 weeks.  


Focusing on moving and handling construction materials, HSE inspectors are checking that employers and workers:

  • know the risks
  • plan their work to eliminate or substitute the risks, where possible
  • where that is not possible, are using sensible control measures to protect workers from aches, pain and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

In the most recent period, an estimated 42,000 construction workers suffered work-related MSDs.


These can have a serious impact on workers’ ability to perform tasks; their quality of life; and in some cases, their ability to stay in work and earn a living. Many can and do suffer from long-term pain and discomfort.


Act now to protect workers’ health

Employers have a legal responsibility to control the risks of ill health of their workers, which should involve them managing those risks just as they would with safety.


Workers should not have to accept these aches, pains and strains and potential long-term suffering as an inevitable part of construction work.  They should talk to their employer about the risks and the measures in place to protect their health.


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Harlow Occupational Health Service is conveniently located at Stephen Taylor House in Harlow. We are a short distance from Harlow Mill rail station and onsite parking for staff and visitors.

Harlow Occupational Health Services Ltd
Stephen Taylor House
Edinburgh Place
Harlow  CM20 2DJ


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