Health and safety

– Organisations
– Regulations
– Asbestos issues
– Other links to health related and wellbeing issues


Health and Safety Executive deals with all aspects of construction work in England, Scotland and Wales.
Safety in Design SiD is an initiative that exists to support designers in the built environment
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Our mission is to make Europe’s workplaces safer, healthier and more productive by bringing together and sharing knowledge and information, to promote a culture of risk prevention.
SquaredCircle Produces a series of seven DVDs focused on construction design health and safety such that the creativity and skills of the current and next generation of architects are more quickly, and fully, informed.
ConstructionSkills works with the industry to ensure that the right people with the right skills are in the right place atthe right times.
Safe workers informative website on safety issues at work
London fire brigade is the largest fire and rescue service in the UK.
Constructing Better Health CBH is responsible for delivering the National Scheme for the management of occupational health in the construction industry
International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments
American Home Safety Council Although american, many of the issues discussed are also valid for UK residents

Regulations and help

The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
Guidance to the approved code of practise
Guidance to CDM
Building Regulations Explanatory Booklet
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
British standard list at the Health and safety home pages
The Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2005
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006

Asbestos issues

International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) provides a conduit for the exchange of information between groups and individuals working to achieve a global asbestos ban and seeking to alleviate the damage caused by widepsread asbestos use.
HSE Asbestos issues The Health and Safety EXecutive issues concerning asbestos
Action Mesothelioma Information and support group for Mesothelioma issues
British Asbestos Newsletter a quarterly publication which is distributed to victim support groups, public bodies, lawyers, solicitors, barristers, researchers, doctors, academics and environmentalists in over thirty countries.
Mesothelioma UK provides impartial up-to-date information for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma and their careers.
Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) provides asbestos training and representes the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated asbestos businesses throughout the UK
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 Goverment regulations on asbestos
Asbestos Watchdog a network of experienced and unbiased asbestos contractors covering most of the UK and a panel of leading scientists in fibre toxicology, pathology, occupational lung diseases, and epidemiology
Asbestos Information Centre Ltd (AIC) is an independent organisation that provides advice to the general public and others on managing asbestos containing products in buildings to keep the fibre release to the minimum.
Hazards magazine News on asbestos issues
Asbestos in the home Information for homeowners on asbestos issues American site with lots of information on pleural mesothelioma sponsored by the Peterson Firm a law firm specializing in asbestos related cases.

Other links to health related and wellbeing issues

Sick building syndrome 2004 Explains the causes and symptoms of sick building syndrome
Sick building syndrome 1997 The paper discusses a method for conducting building surveys of environmental climate, comfort and health (sick building syndrome), along with measures of ambient environmental conditions.
British coating federation leaflet on VOC regulation Small leaflet on the current changing VOC regulations
Threehugger article on VOC’s

Article explains what VOC are and how they get into interiors

Particulate emissions from laser printers Article on Paritcle emmisions from laser printers
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) A guide to indoor air quality
Toxic Air Contaminant (TAC) Identification Reports List and information on Toxic Air Contaminant. Although this is a Californian report many of the findings on these toxic products are applicable in the UK
A basic ergonomic standard Article on the ISO 6385, Ergonomic principles in the design of work systems
ISO 6385 does not deliver Article questioning the ISO 6385
Ergonomics at Links on ergonomic issues
Office Ergonomics Training This site contains office ergonomics information aimed at ergonomics committee members as well as office workers in general.
Humanics Ergonomics Anthropometric and ergonomic data and articles
The anthropometry of the manual work space for the seated subject Slightly more oriented at product design
A Model To Estimate The Cost Effectiveness Of Indoor Environment Improvements In Office Work Looks at sick building syndrome symptoms, respiratory illnesses, sick leave, reduced comfort and losses in productivity.
Color has a powerful effect on behavior, researchers assert New York times article on the influences of colour
Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life Online books and articles on colour therapy (£ requires a small subscription at Questia)
Noise and Health How noise affects health
Inclusive design toolkit A great knowledge base on inclusive design
The Access
aims to improve access and facilities for disabled people and consequently
for all people who would benefit from an accessible environment.
Occupational and environmental medicine Publish interesting articles on environmental hasards (£ articles obtainable for a small fee)