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Managing Risk Well Working Group


Statement of Intent

Managing risk well

Increasingly, organisations recognise that sensible and proportionate risk management is integral to delivering business success. Proportionate risk management supports growth, enables innovation and protects an organisation’s assets, and notably its most vital asset, its people. Positive outcomes can include increased productivity, reduced absence, lower operational costs, and improved reputation. Promoting this compelling business case should help even more businesses to make the most of the benefits of a positive health and safety culture. Senior management, employees, their representatives and health and safety professionals all have a vitally important role to play. Helping businesses of all sizes to manage risk (notably but not exclusively health and safety risk) in an efficient and effective way helps to build trust and improve standards.


To improve the assessment and management of risk by promoting processes, which are both appropriate and easy to understand; making this approach better known; and adding value to health and safety risk management, including the involvement of employees and their representatives at all stages.

Continue to promote the message, in ‘Manging Risk Well’ documents, guidance and other channels, that sensible and proportionate risk management protects and enables people, supports growth and productivity, reduces costs, and enables innovation.

Provide a useful mix of tools and information to encourage proportionate risk management by CDM 2015 duty holders, so they understand and consistently adopt appropriate health and safety practices and behaviours. 

Share examples of good practice and business success, linked to proportionate risk management, supported by targeted, relevant advice and information.  Improve common understanding of what ‘good’ and ‘good enough’ (baseline) health and safety management looks like for CDM 2015 duty holders. CONIAC - branded guidance may be used, to help achieve this.

Develop a construction industry risk profile, using existing information and data and, where necessary further research, to clearly identify the highest risks, which should be prioritised for attention and control.

When there are changes in technology and other developments that may reduce risk, or change the way in which risk impacts, we will act as a disseminating point for the implication of change. For example, the rise in offsite production may reduce risks from work at height but increase risks from lifting operations. Align our work with the HSE’s Risk Profile matrix and advise and inform stakeholders and duty holders accordingly, together with identifying controls, remediation or mitigation as relevant.

Liaise as required with the other CONIAC working groups. For example, ‘Managing Risks Well’ might identify methods of targeting SMEs, or require advice on how to promulgate messages to SMEs.

Identify areas where collective Research and Development might help and investigate how that might be undertaken.

The Managing Risk Well Working Group is not about providing training to others but the collective knowledge and experience of its members may identify and investigate gaps in construction health and safety training, and how those might be filled.