Challenges and opportunities
The main challenges facing the construction sector include skills shortages and increasing material costs. These circumstances are driving innovation as the industry adopts new technology and techniques to meet demand and minimise cost, alongside achieving sustainability targets.
The construction sector continues to tackle the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment, whilst at the same time recognising the need to regulate and control health risks in the workplace. For the past 20 years MEC have worked closely with construction businesses to support the risk management process in a safe and regulated way. We work with you to ensure your employees are protected so you can drive change and meet the demands for a more sustainable, efficient and productive construction business. The biggest challenges currently facing the sector today and in the future are typically:
Post pandemic housing boom: a focus on forward planning, stock, cost and control in order to anticipate supply chain delays and material shortages, exacerbated by brexit disruption.
Skilled Labour Gap: a focus on youth workforce initiatives and consistent learning in order to address the current skills gap.
Net Zero 2050 Targets: a drive toward carbon-zero and the need to adapt products and processes in order to meet customer demands for a more sustainable, efficient and healthy behaviour from industry.
Modern Materials: the necessity for construction processes to become more energy efficient from a cost and societal perspective.
Digital Supply Chain: investment in 4.0 technologies and remodelling of traditional ways of working in order to deliver a more responsive, adaptive and connected construction line.
Automation: a shift towards AI and the fourth industrial revolution helping to boost productivity, streamline production and allow businesses to become more creative.
Direct to Consumer Sales: managing the direct-to-consumer (D2C) model shift in order to maintain a presence and remain competitive.
Innovative Construction: successful implementation and adaptation of new techniques like 3D or 4D-printing, nanotechnology or self-assembly and other novel methods.
Your workplace exposure considerations
An occupational hygiene (OH) programme must be prepared to manage a broad range of health risks and it must be thorough, systematic, well-documented, effective and efficient. MEC’s OH Management Services have been designed to help you develop and implement an OH programme or simply enhance your existing EHS risk management programme.
Assessing and managing occupational exposures:
Workplaces today are very complex and the variety of risks associated with workplace exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents is increasing. Occupational hygiene is defined as the science and art of anticipating, recognising, evaluating, controlling and confirming health hazards in the workplace. See our range of Services for more information.
Training & staff development:
MEC can provide occupational hygiene training to meet your business needs and maintain regulatory compliance. We have experience of training employees at local, regional, national and international level.
How we support you
MEC work with you to help tackle potential health hazards in the workplace so you can make informed decisions as to what measures you need to introduce in order to prevent, or control and minimise employee exposure:
We offer a free pre-site visit to help determine your key aims and objectives, which in turn promotes a healthy business to business relationship and provides you with a bespoke OH service and competitive quote.
Having established the specifics of your OH requirements and determined the level of assistance you need, we will then carry out an exposure assessment at your premises.
MEC's OH reports are written and signed by our Principal Occupational Hygienist and follow the BOHS report writing guidance 'clear and concise report writing’.
MEC believe in the benefits of offering you a continuous aftercare service so we can build an understanding of your OH needs and be on-hand to offer your business our expertise and support at any time and in the future.
The benefits of investing in workplace health
With change comes the need to identify and manage regulatory compliance in-line with your business processes, policies, risks and controls. We understand that investment in health at work is a fundamental requirement for a sustainable construction business and as such is regarded as an essential part of your operational management process. The benefits of investing in workplace health include:
a reduction in short & long-term ill health effects and the resulting financial and personal costs
improved productivity, good morale and a happier, healthier workforce
better working practices to help develop a sustainable business
reduced sickness payments and recruitment/training costs for replacement workers
reduced loss of output resulting from experienced and competent workers being off work
lower insurance premiums and legal costs
reduced risk of damage to the reputation of the business
less chance of enforcement action and its associated costs
Over 20 years'
EXPERIENCE & TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
MEC offer a broad range of occupational hygiene services across all sectors of industry