Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction (Black & White Version)

3rd Edition

The handbook for construction professionals and students on NEBOSH and other construction courses

Authors: Phil Hughes Ed Ferrett
Paperback ISBN: 9781856175210
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th June 2008
Page Count: 624


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Table of Contents

Preface List of principal abbreviations 1. Health and safety foundations 2. Policy 3. Organizing for health and safety 4. Promoting a positive health and safety culture 5. Risk assessment 6. Principles of control 7. Monitoring review and audit 8. Incident investigation, recording and reporting 9. Construction law and management 10. Construction site issues - hazards and control 11. Movement of people and vehicles - hazards and control 12. Manual and mechanical handling hazards and control 13. Work equipment hazards and control 14. Electrical hazards and control 15. Fire hazards and control 16. Chemical and biological health hazards and control 17. Physical and psychological health hazards and control 18. Working at height - hazards and control 19. Excavation work and confined spaces - hazards and control 20. Demolition - hazards and control 21. Summary of the main legal requirements 22. International aspects of health and safety in construction 23. Study skills 24. Specimen answers to NEBOSH examinations Index


Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction covers the specific challenges faced by the construction industry as well as the basics of occupational safety and health in general. The coverage of this book has been directly matched to the National Certificate award in Construction Safety and Health from NEBOSH. However, the comprehensive coverage makes it relevant for other built environment and construction courses in Design and Management and Safety & Health, both in the UK and overseas.

The text is highly illustrated, easy to read and includes self-assessment questions and sample answers. A chapter on study skills offers support for professionals returning to study. It includes checklists, report forms and record sheets, making it a valuable reference tool for construction managers, supervisors, designers, building and civil engineers to consult on the day to day issues of health and safety.

New in this edition:

  • Restructured in line with the unitised NEBOSH syllabus
  • New chapter with specimen answers for the two written examinations and a specimen practical assignment and management report
  • Updated throughout in line with changes in the regulations, including CDM 2007, alterations to the application of the fire safety order 2005 following CDM 2007, Control of Asbestos 2006, REACH, and legislation on smoke-free workplaces

Phil Hughes MBE, MSc, CFIOSH, is a former Chairman of NEBOSH (1995-2001), former President of IOSH (1990-1991) and runs his own consultancy. He received an MBE for services to health and safety and as a director of RoSPA, in the New Year's Honours List 2005.

Ed Ferrett PhD, BSc (Hons Eng), CEng, MIMechE, MIET, CMIOSH, is the Vice Chairman of NEBOSH and a lecturer on NEBOSH courses at Cornwall Business School of Cornwall College. He

Key Features

  • Endorsed by NEBOSH
    Student-friendly presentation packed with illustrations and photographs
    Revision questions and sample answers based on recent NEBOSH examinations to test your knowledge
    * Includes a summary of the main legislation, ideal as a reference for students as well as for all managers in the construction industry


Students taking the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Safety and Health at training consultancies and FE and HE colleges. Students taking degree courses/HND/HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, degrees in Construction Design and Management, and general management construction degrees. Building and civil engineering professionals: Site managers; site agents; CDM duty holders. Construction designers and architects. Planning supervisors. Health & Safety professionals.


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"This study book complements training with a structured approach to give students the tools to allow positive safety management within the construction industry." - John Lacey, FIOSH, RSP, FSIA, MASSE, Past President of IOSH and the Past Chairman of the Construction Specialist Group "This reference book is an excellent study aid for those engaging in the new NEBOSH Construction Certificate syllabus. The text of this book is well laid out and easy to read. It follows a logical sequence similar to that instigated on a project - namely planning through implementation to review." - Lawrence Webb, MIOSH, RSP, AIEMA, Costain Limited & International SHE Manager review of the first edition, 5 stars out of 5 A text book for student and practitioner, 6 Mar 2006 Reviewer: Richard D D Woolley (London UK) "Technical books fulfil two main purposes. They are either a basis of study for the student preparing for exams or they are where busy practitioners go to find quick answers to unfamiliar problems. Many text books do not do both. This one does. I have a shelf full of turgid books essential to the student but which remain largely unread and rarely consulted. Whilst modestly describing itself as an introduction to the subject, I am sure many practitioners would agree that this work covers as much of it as they are likely to need. I have possessed mine for only two months yet already it is a constant companion. It is most attractively presented with many colour illustrations, charts and schedules. The chapter topics are well chosen and apposite. Each chapter is split into short digestible sections and best of all, the index has not let me down yet. Towards the end of the book is an invaluable 85 page, easily navigated, chapter on the main legal requirements governing the subject. Aimed at covering the NEBOSH syllabus, the content is neces

About the Authors

Phil Hughes Author

Affiliations and Expertise

MBE, MSc, CFIOSH, Chairman of NEBOSH (1995-2001), President of IOSH (1990-1991) he now runs his own consultancy.

Ed Ferrett Author

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD, BSc (Hons Eng), CEng, MIMechE, MIET, CMIOSH, was Vice Chairman of NEBOSH (1999-2008) and is a lecturer on NEBOSH courses at Cornwall College.