Stop. Make a Change 2023 (SMAC-23) will run between Monday 9 - Friday 20 October 2023.
Why these dates? Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the European Week for Safety & Health runs from 23-27 October - so we thought we would capitalise on the fact that there will be an increased focus on Health, Safety & Wellbeing during this period.
At the heart of this year's SMAC campaign is the focus on the individual worker - and particularly those who have been affected by Covid-19. In addition to recent events, we want everyone who works in the construction industry to re-engage with their own health, safety and wellbeing and to ask themselves what needs to be changed, along with how they might go about making that change.
SMAC-23 & Stored Energy
The main theme for the campaign this year will be around ‘Stored Energy.' We have chosen this topic due to a number of incidents on sites recently, both fatal and no-fatal and the fact that ‘stored energy’ is not always perceived to be an obvious hazard. The following is meant to provide further details which may help organisations review all operations and make appropriate changes, if needed, to help prevent further accidents.
SMAC Stored Energy Resources
- Stored Energy PowerPoint
- Stored Energy - Log Out Tag Out (LOTO) PowerPoint
- SMAC-23 Stored Energy Case Study 1
- SMAC-23 Stored Energy Case Study 2
- SMAC-23 Stored Energy Case Study 3
We are proposing a series of 'Conversation Starter' kits - to be used by all the workforce to discuss key concerns about what their job function requires of them, and how both the individual and their organisation can do to help address these concerns.
We are also working with Cancer Research UK and Mates in Mind this year to bring the most relevant and up-to-date information, guidance, and advice to you where possible.
We have also teamed up with the The Diabetes Safety Organisation to provide signposting and awareness raising about this ever increasing condition.
Although no topic is off limits, we are suggesting the following key areas to be addressed:
RESPIRATORY (Health) - There are still too many people dying due to respiratory diseases and we need to change current working practices in order to reduce exposure of all dangerous airborne particles. Indeed, the links between exposure to emissions from construction activities (cutting, drilling, welding, etc) and cancer are well documented. What would you change and how?
PEOPLE PLANT INTERFACE - Again, too many workers are killed or injured due to working around machines and machinery. What can be done to improve your working environment?
MENTAL HEALTH & WORKPLACE STRESS (Wellbeing) – We know that Covid-19 has and continues to affect our personal and working lives. What needs to change to improve your working environment?
CANCER - Sadly, construction workers are an at-risk group when it comes to cancer. This is largely down to preventable causes, like smoking and drinking alcohol being much more common in construction workers. We know that men tend to have their cancers diagnosed at a later stage, when they are harder to treat. As a predominantly male workforce, and particularly now when fewer people are seeing their GPs with worries because of COVID-19, raising awareness of the importance of early diagnosis is crucial. There are steps we can all take to support workers to lead healthier lives, both in and out of work – how will you support your staff?
DIABETES – Despite its fast-growing prevalence, the majority of employees do not understand the workplace risks of diabetes and would not be able to recognise or assist a colleague suffering with diabetic symptoms. Diabetes is a hidden epidemic leaving all companies exposed to increased absenteeism, increased risk of accidents and therefore increase risk of criminal and civil liability. Diabetes continues to rise with 700 people a day diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK. One third of the population are either at increased risk of the condition or are already living with diabetes. What are you doing to keep you and your staff in work, productive and safe from the risk of diabetes?
Although we believe the above areas to be fundamental in improving our Health, Safety and Wellbeing, we also understand that there are other topics that you may still be interested in. To this end, we will also be producing Conversation Starter Packs for:
- Electrical Installations
- Hand Injuries
- Lifting Operations including MSDs
- Office Safety
- Risk Zones
- Slips, Trips & Falls
- Working at Height
How To Get Involved
Whether you are a major Tier 1 contractor or a specialist SME within the supply chain we are asking everyone to get involved in one way or another.
For example, you might want to;-
- As a minimum, ask everyone to engage in the Conversation Starter Programme – Starter Packs are available to download from the main menu above.
You might also want to;-
- run a more formal workshop with speakers.
- provide signposting to key providers who can help you with your specific concerns.
- engage with Cancer Research UK and Mates in Mind programmes if appropriate.
- discuss what good practice looks like in your work environment (including working from home).
- provide materials (eg. posters) to reinforce particular messages.
Obviously not all activities will be appropriate but CECA will try and help wherever and whenever possible. This could even extend to providing webinars on specific topics should demand dictate. Details will be made available through the CECA website, SMAC website and other well-known sources of information including IOSH, BoHS, HSE etc.
If you would like to highlight what your organisation is doing during SMAC-22, please use the social media hashtag #StopMakeAChange.
If you already think you know how CECA can support you as part of SMAC-22 then please e-mail SMACemail@example.com. Please also use this e-mail address to drop us a line to register your interest - no form filling required - just a simple 'Yes' will suffice along with your contact details.