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Terms of Reference


1.      The construction industry employs over 2 million people ranging from large, high-profile projects undertaken by major principal contractors for large clients, to small refurbishment projects of shops or domestic roof repairs by the self-employed. 

2.      Health and safety should not be a responsibility assigned to a particular individual or part of an organisation, but an integral part of everyone’s role. There needs to be much broader ownership of the issues – by the many, not just the few. This means engaging everyone who shares the responsibility for helping Great Britain work well (HGBWW), because they have a vital role in managing risk and preventing damage to individuals, businesses and the economy.

Role of CONIAC

3.      CONIAC was reconstituted in 2017 and is an opportunity for key stakeholders in the building, civil engineering and engineering construction industry to come together to help achieve these things, maintain the gains made in safety, and seize the opportunity to give health the same priority.  It will help keep construction workers safe and well, protect members of the public, improve the industry’s productivity, and keep business costs down.

4.      The configuration of the steering group and the 5 working groups of CONIAC is strategically aligned to the themes of HGBWW: Acting Together, providing leadership and direction for the delivery of HGBWW objectives through the individual themes of each CONIAC Working Group; Sharing our success; Tackling ill health; Managing risk well; Keeping pace with change; Supporting small employers. The steering group and each working group operates under a statement of intent, and has produced a workplan.

5.      CONIAC, through the steering group will advise HSE, relevant other Government Departments (OGDs) and stakeholders, including the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), of emerging health and safety developments and risks in the construction industry, and set a direction and plan for their promotion, mitigation and/or remediation as relevant. It will also take account of wider construction industry agendas ie skills, productivity, efficiency etc to ensure our activity is supportive and complimentary. 

The Web Community

6.      Public access will be available to the web community without subscription, enabling the work of CONIAC to be accessible to a wider audience, including both those working in the construction industry and clients having, or considering having, construction work done.

7.      The content available for public access will include: terms of reference; list of member organisations; details of the 5 working groups and the steering group; meetings diary; and guidance

8.      A secure area for work in progress, will be accessible to subscribing members of CONIAC and the support network, CONIAN.  This community aims to facilitate communication with and between members of the CONIAC and CONIAN outside their regular, formal meetings.

9.      The web community is managed and maintained by HSE, with the support of the working group, Sharing our success. All content will be moderated by HSE to ensure it conforms to HSE publishing criteria.