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HSE publishes research on occupational health provision during the London 2012 Olympics

HSE publishes research on occupational health provision during the London 2012 Olympics

25 April 2012 Email this article

The HSE has published a report on a research project focussed on the occupational health (OH) provision at the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village. The OH service was set up by The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), to show its commitment to the health and safety of all contractors at the Olympics. The ODA is recognised as having a strong commitment to safety and has an impressive safety record, with a five-star safety award from the British Safety Council. 

The research report is funded by the Health and Safety Executive and the ODA.This service offers support to managers, from a multi-disciplinary occupational health team - working together to promote a healthy work practice and to prevent ill health - addressing issues such as vibration, noise, respiratory, hazardous substances and manual handling. The approach devised by the OH team is for 'health like safety', which puts good OH management practice into daily working - through use of existing safety management tools, such as near-miss reporting and maturity matrices - as a means to target health risks.

The research aims to identify the effect of occupational health interventions on the general attitude and behaviour towards health risks of contractors on-site, both during the project and in their future practice. The project aims to explore how successfully this occupational health model has been implemented on-site and whether the model follows the cost-benefit evidence of similar services elsewhere.

Data about their work was collected and analysed by the occupational health provider - collected from interviews and surveys, and includes views from managers and workers. Interviews were also carried out with external stakeholders from the construction industry, occupational health profession and on-site  HSE inspectors. 

You can download the HSE  report here