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Today marks the start of the Stop. Make a Change campaign, aimed at promoting health and wellbeing in the infrastructure industry.

We have joined workplaces across the UK to boost health, safety and wellbeing across its workforce. The national stand-down event that took place this morning (18 April) is being extended across a two week period by CPS to reflect the shift patterns that operate 24/7 on the M25 road network.

Industry leaders have identified four key priorities for 2017: mental health; respiratory health; fatigue; and plant safety. CPS has joined with industry organisations across the UK to put in place a series of commitments it will implement within the business over the coming year.

CPS’ commitments are: 

A Fatigue Risk Management Plan ensuring that we move towards full compliance with IAN 189 and IAN 190
Through our Zero Harm calendar [of events/topics] we will raise awareness of the risk of fatigue and take mitigating steps to address the risks fatigue presents. 

Active involvement in the Mates in Mind programme, with a target of 16 mental health first aiders across our business by the year end
We will empower our people to identify mental health issues in themselves and others, provide support and understanding to address them and aim to remove any stigma that may exist. 

Through our design and construction phases, we will innovate to remove or manage dust on site
Throughout May and June we will educate and train our workforce on dust hazards and controls through toolbox talks and engagement. 

We will continue to promote best practice on People Plant Interface (PPI) through our fatal risk reviews and supply chain safety forums. We will embed the radio standard into service delivery. We will share and promote learning through our Zero Harm calendar and safety stand-downs
PPI is a key fatal risk in our activities and we will also work to highlight the dangers it presents to our customers (road users) in our communication. 

Phill Ross, Head of HSEQ, said: “We are pleased to join the Stop. Make a Change event. It is another opportunity for us to explain and promote these, and other, commitments to our people, and ensure that these risks remain high on the health and safety agenda. Being part of the body of industry experts that will review the outcomes of these commitments, and share the best practice that arises from them, is as important as the campaign itself, ensuring that excellent standards are implemented for the betterment of everyone involved in infrastructure.”