Health & Safety and Environment

Leading the industry in terms of its efforts to improve the health and safety record for the civil engineering sector, CECA has active involvement in the shaping of the debate through its access to the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) and the Strategic Forum for Construction. It is also represented on a series of HSE groups with relevance to the sector in areas such as CDM, respiratory problems and manual handling.

The CECA Health & Safety Strategy and Action Plan instigated initiatives such as the Safety Alert system that rapidly informs members of accidents that may have implications for their own works, and the collection of accident statistics, producing benchmark accident figures for the whole civil engineering sector.

In the area of Occupational Health, we publish a Health Management Toolkit to help contractors to begin implementation of a management system which would better deal with work related ill health issues.

We advise members on technical matters including quality management systems. We can also provide guidance on environmental matters

to members (such as pollution of ground water on site and waste management) and assist them to develop environmental policies which are realistic and deliverable.

We have produced a Corporate Responsibility Toolkit to help firms meet demand from clients that they address the CR agenda. We are also actively involved in a series of national technical and environmental committees, providing members with an opportunity to become involved with influencing future standards and product specifications. We actively contributed to the development of Government’s Sustainable Construction Strategy, ensuring that it reflected the needs of the industry. We have also responded to industry requirements for construction related guidance on waste management.

Building a more prosperous Wales
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As the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, launches the Welsh Government consultation on the shape and purpose of a new National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, Ed Evans, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Cymru, examines how this commission can best support economic growth in Wales. We have great economic opportunities ahead…

Is the tide turning for Wales?
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As the UK Government considers the findings of Charles Hendry’s review in to tidal power across the UK, and more specifically the need for a pathfinder project in Swansea Bay, Ed Evans, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Cymru, examines how this recommendations from Hendry’s report can open the door to so many…

Addressing a legacy of under-investment in Wales’ rail network
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A scathing review by the Welsh Affairs Committee As the Welsh Affairs Committee presented their highly critical report on the current Wales and Borders rail franchise established by the Strategic Rail Authority in 2003, Ed Evans, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Cymru, examines the Committee’s findings and looks forward to the opportunities…