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A focused approach to health management is needed across industry


Sir, Further to John Hodgson's article 'Put health on your agenda' (Features, September 7), we would fully support his concern that many construction companies are short-changed by consultancies purporting to offer services to improve health whose people are not sufficiently trained nor informed to provide the advice needed.

However, the comments regarding Workplace Health Connect are slightly misleading. It is indeed a much-needed, all-industry service with its free advice line and free site visits.

But its definition of SMEs as companies with between five and 250 employees means that a very large proportion of construction is excluded.

The Constructing Better Health pilot scheme in Leicestershire worked for a two-year period with SMEs, including many companies with less than five employees, as well as large contractors, to identify solutions for the industry as a whole.

Based on our findings from the pilot scheme and in consultation with industry, we are working extremely hard to roll out an industry-wide scheme to improve the management of health, recognising the unique make-up and requirements of the construction industry.

Michelle Aldous Constructing Better Health Hinckley, Leicester