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About the manual

The manual therefore represents the suggestions and recommendations of a very broad cross-section of the industry itself and forms a code of practice. If these suggestions and recommendations are properly adapted to suit individual requirements, the prevention of injury and the control of damage will become an integral part of working practice at every phase of every job and lead to greater all-round efficiency and greater productivity. The Manual provides:-

Accurate information

The Construction Health and Safety Manual is written by a panel of fourteen leading H&S professionals working hands-on in the construction industry, who give of their time and expertise voluntarily. A senior inspector of the Health and Safety Executive also sits on the panel and all material published is channelled through the HSE to ensure accuracy.

Current information

The online manual is continually updated as and when the legislation changes. It is crucial you have the latest Health and Safety guidance to hand, and by subscribing to the automatic amendment service when purchasing your manual, you do.

Comprehensive information

Currently the manual comprises of 35 sections covering all aspects of the Health & Safety function as it relates to the industry both for management and operational activities. Advice and guidance needs to be available on the whole range of safety matters for construction, and the manual provides it.

Readily Understood information

Legislation and its supporting Approved Codes of Practice relating to H&S law are usually drafted in legalese, often using terms and language not readily understood by non-legal personnel. The manual addresses this problem by publishing the official text as written and, on the same page, alongside, providing straightforward guidance by explaining and demystifying that text in a simple, understandable form.

The same technique is used to summarise Approved Codes of Practice in relation to official text.. Matters not often experienced, such as ‘What to do if you receive a summons’ and ‘How to proceed if you discovery an unexploded bomb’ are simply explained.

Sample forms and check lists that can be self-prepared for such things as Lifting Plans and Fire Risk Assessments for Offices are also included.

The manual purposefully sets out to provide Health & Safety advice and guidance in a concise, accessible fashion, and it does.

From its inception in November 1969, the Construction Health and Safety rapidly became accepted by the Industry as its standard reference work and training manual. Every effort will be made by the publishers to ensure that this work continues to render the greatest possible service and, to that end, any suggestions for new subject matter or any ideas for improvement will always be welcomed.

Hard copies and CD-Roms of the manual and of recent amendments are available from: Construction Industry Publications Ltd., c/o BTB Mailflight Ltd, 2B Viking Industrial Estate, Hudson Rd, Bedford, MK41 0QB Tel: 0870 078 4400 Fax: 0870 078 4401 Email: sales@cip-books.com.

Published by: Construction Industry Publications Ltd
ISBN 9781852630027


Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy within this work, no liability whatsoever is accepted by Construction Health and Safety, its sponsoring organisations or their advisers in respect of the information given. No material from this manual may be reproduced in any shape or form without permission from the publishers.


Acknowledgement is made to the individuals on the panel and to their companies for their unstinting effort and professional expertise without which publishing Construction Health and Safety would not be possible. The following companies represent the current establishment of the panel. Where specific expert help has been obtained from outside of the panel, acknowledgement is gratefully made in the section concerned.

  • BAA plc
  • Callsafe Services Ltd
  • Carillion plc
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Laing O’Rourke Ltd
  • Morgan Sindall plc
  • National Specialist Contractors Council Ltd
  • Osborn Abas Hunt
  • The Miller Group Ltd
  • Vinci PLC
  • Wates Group Services Ltd