Publications

Our publications have been created to assist industry be the best it can be and cover technical guidance, health, safety and environment best practice and guidance plus training materials relating to occupational health and safety to list just a few items.  Most documents can be downloaded directly from the website although some are member only publications, which require a website login, whilst others are identified as available to purchase in hard copy format.

Accident Stats

Each year CONSTRUCT produces our Accident Statistics document which collates all the accident and incident rates from our Contractor members to help identify and address trends and facilitates a bench mark for individual companies within the RC Frame Sector.  Printed copies are also available on request by email.

2016 Accident Stats Document

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Accidents Stats Document 2015

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Accident Stats Document 2014

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Accident Stats Document 2013

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Accidents Stats Document 2012

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Bare Essentials of Concrete Videos

The Bare Essentials of Concrete is a series of short educational films covering the Bare Essentials of:

  • Concrete as a material
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Prestressed concrete

CONSTRUCT has received funding support from the CITB Growth Fund and has produced the films in conjunction with thᴉnkup Innovators in Engineering Education.  The film content are aimed at all who work and are focused on working in the Concrete Sector and will increase the knowledge, awareness and understanding of the viewer.  The films have been designed to benefit and support employee education; apprenticeship programmes and those in higher/further education with the potential to also promote concrete as a material of choice in construction.

Three eminent professionals present the on-line film content via our YouTube channel link

Environmental Management System Guide

In a nutshell, an Environmental Management System (EMS) is a tool used by an organisation to identify measure and manage the effects their activities can have on the environment. This guide will help you understand what is required and how to get started.

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How to develop an aspects and impacts register

Developing a site specific Aspects and Impacts register will help you identify Legislation applicable to your operations and determine what control measures are required.

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How to manage waste transfer notes and consignment notes

You have a legal responsibility and duty of care to ensure your waste is managed properly and the necessary paperwork is maintained this guide will help you understand what is required.

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How to manage your waste

The cost of sending waste to landfill is increasing, as are the restrictions on what you can send. You can also face penalties if you do not handle waste appropriately or have the correct paperwork in place. This guide will help you understand what you are required to do with your waste under the current legal requirements.

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How to be aware of your legal responsibilities

You have legal responsibilities for the impact your business has on the environment. This document will help you find out what you need to know.

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How to write an environmental policy

Summary guidance what is involved in putting an Environmental Policy Statement together.

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Guide to Flat Slab Formwork and Falsework

This guide explains the procedural and technical aspects of the formwork, falsework and striking operations for constructing flat slab in situ concrete buildings. It will be of vital interest to all in the building industry involved in concrete construction.

This document is only available for purchase at a price of £60. Please contact us

Guide to the Safe Transportation of Formwork and Falsework

This publication is intended to provide a source of practical guidance and reference to assist those involved in risk management in the storage and handling of formwork or falsework products.

An electronic version of this document is free to members and non-members.

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Guide to the Safe Use of Formwork and Falsework

This guide, which is useful for client through to formwork contractor, is not a practical ‘how to’ document, but is a best practice management guide.

This document is free to members and charged at £10 to non-members. Please contact us

Safe Erection and Dismantling of Soffit Support Systems

This DVD is designed for use by site supervisors. It can be used to complement toolbox talks. Its primary objective is to raise safety awareness in the erection and taking down of formwork systems.

The DVD is available at a cost of £5.

Safe Access/Egress and Vehicle Segregation on Sites – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No1

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of Safe Access/Egrees and Vehicle Segregation on Sites.

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Safe loading and unloading Lorries – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No2

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of Safe Loading and Unloading of Lorries.

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Site Setup – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No3

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of Site Setup.

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Safe Storage/Disposal and use COSHH materials – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No4

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of Safe storage/disposal and use of COSHH materials.

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On Site Saw Bench with Dust Management Controls – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No5

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of setting up and using On Site Saw Benches with Dust Management Controls.

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Safe Use of Excavators – Common Practice Guidance Sheet No6

This document has been created for use by CONSTRUCT Members and the RC Frame Industry to provide a pictorial guidance on the common practices of Safe Use of Excavators on Site.

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Deck Joint Guidance for GRP Handover Inspection

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GRP how to use it safely

A powerpoint presentation created by Deck Joint Ltd.

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Safety information sheet on Unexploded Ordinance

This safety information sheet drawn up in  2016 aims to highlight some of the risks which should be considered when working on sites where the possibility of unexploded ordinance is present.

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Behavioural safety guide

The CONSTRUCT behavioural safety publication is a guide, made available free of charge as a tool to be used by those members that wish to develop their own scheme, but perhaps may not have the resources to research and develop such a scheme from scratch.

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Site HS&E Induction Template

This is a Powerpoint presentation template that you can make site specific and use as a site induction.

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Reducing the Risk

This presentation by Hilti looks at the four key areas of risks associated with Hand-Arm Vibration, with Dust, with Noise and with Working at Height.

The PowerPoint file size is 9mg so you might have to be patient on the download time!

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Hole Protection/Work at Heights Presentation

This presentation is available to assist you to communicate details of hole protection and prevent falls from height.

Please down load the supporting presenter notes which accompany this presentation

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Presenter notes to accompany Hole Protection Presentation

These notes accompany the Hole Protection/Work at Heights presentation.

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Lifting operations plan template CD

This CD contains useful templates to assist you in planning your lifting operations in a consistent format.

Available free for members or non members for £5.

National structural concrete specification for building construction – edition 4

The NSCS covers requirements for the construction of concrete building structures of in-situ concrete, precast concrete and hybrid concrete systems. It is especially relevant for structures designed to BS8110 and EN1992 (EC2).

Edition 4 which has been fully revised to meet the requirement of BS EN 13670 Execution of concrete structures use of which is required for execution of BS EN 1992 and other Eurocode designs.

The NSCS contains three documents:

NSCS Standard Specification
Provides standard clauses generally required by BS EN 13670 execution specification and UK Engineers. This ensures that all parties involved ~ clients, designers and frame contractors ~ fully understand the normal requirements of efficient concrete construction.

NSCS Project Specification
Provides a clear and separate statement of the specific requirements for individual projects. This specification highlights ‘by exception’ any required amendments to the standard requirements. The specification provides indication where information should be provided using default values wherever possible.

NSCS Guidance Notes
The Guidance provides a companion to the specifications outlining the philosophy of the specification and background to individual clauses. Guidance to specification clauses is indexed in the main specification index. A separate full bibliography is provided for NSCS guidance

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NSCS edition 4 – Project specification template

See NSCS- edition 4 above

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NSCS edition 4 – Guidance Notes for Template

See NSCS- edition 4 above

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Occupational Health Materials

The publications in this section are categorised by Occupational Health Risk and each section will contain a Management Guide; Poster; Tool Box Talk Presentation and in some cases an employee guide.  The materials are intended to be used as tool box talks to raise staff awareness in each risk area.

Management Guide – Occupational Health Management

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Management Guidance – Reporting Occupational Ill Health

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Management Guide – Sick Absence / Rehabilitation

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Management Guide – Vibration

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Management Guide – Skin: Disorders

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Management Guide – Safety Critical Workers

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Management Guide – Safe Driving

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Management Guide – Noise at Work

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Management Guide – Respiratory : Breathing

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Management Guide – Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Management Guide – Fatigue

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Management Guide – Mental Wellbeing and Stress

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Presentation – Introduction to Occupational Health Workplace Risks

These presentations are mainly in a Powerpoint format and delivery notes can be seen if you download the document and open notes view.  Due to file size two presentations are in PDF format and come with separate delivery notes also in PDF.  A copy of all presentations and materials in this section can be requested from us.

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Presentation – Introduction to Occupational Health Workplace Risks – delivery notes

This presentation is in PDF format due to it’s file size please also download the deliver notes file below.

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Presentation – Skin Disorders

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Presentation – Vibration

This presentation is in PDF format due to it’s file size please also download the deliver notes file below.

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Presentation – Vibration delivery notes

This presentation is in PDF format due to it’s file size please also download the deliver notes file below.

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Presentation – Safety Critical Workers

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Presentation – Safe Driving

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Presentation – Respiratory : Breathing

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Presentation – Noise

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Presentation – Musculoskeletal

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Presentation – Fatigue

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Presentation – Mental Wellbeing and Stress

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Employee Guidance – Vibration

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Skin Disorders

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Safety Critical Workers

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Respiratory/Occupational Cancers

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Noise

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Musculoskeletal

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – Mental Wellbeing and Stress

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.

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Employee Guidance – What is CBH?

Employee Guidance sheets are intended to support the tool box talk presentation on this subject and can be issued to employees as a reminder of the key points.  This one introduces Constructing Better Health as an organisation.

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Poster – Looks after your lungs

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Poster – Safety Critical Work

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Poster – Mental Wellbeing

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Poster – Safe Driving

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Poster – Skin

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Poster – Look after your hands

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Poster – Look after your Ears

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Poster – Take care of your Back

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Poster – Look After Yourself

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Poster – Look out if you feel tired

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Economic Concrete Frame Elements to Eurocode 2

A pre-scheme handbook for the rapid sizing and selection of reinforced concrete frame elements in multi-storey buildings designed to Eurocode 2.

This document is free to members and available to non-members for a charge of £25.

Best practice guide – Rationalisation of flat slab reinforcement

This Guide provides recommendations for the efficient and economic reinforcement of concrete flat slabs. Rationalisation of reinforcement, design and installation processes are considered.

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Best practice guide – Prefabricated punching shear reinforcement for reinforced concrete flat slabs

This Guide provides recommendations for the use of prefabricated punching shear reinforcement systems, and the associated design approaches.

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Best practice guide – Improving concrete frame construction

This Guide provides recommendations for improving the concrete frame construction process.

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Best practice guide – Improving rebar information and supply

This Guide provides recommendations for the more efficient supply of reinforcement by improving the transfer of information, and by re-engineering the flow of process information from the designer through to the fixer.

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Best practice guide – Flat slabs for efficient concrete construction

This Guide outlines the benefits of using flat slab construction to improve construction efficiency.

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Best practice guide – Early striking and improved backpropping for efficient flat slab construction

This Guide provides new and improved recommendations for striking formwork and gives new procedures for backpropping reinforced in-situ concrete flat slabs (less than 350 mm thick).

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Best practice guide – Early age strength assessment of concrete on site

This Guide provides recommendations for determining the strength of concrete on site at early ages (less than three days).

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Best practice guide – Concreting for improved speed and efficiency

This Guide provides recommendations for improving the efficiency of the concreting process whilst maintaining quality.

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St George Wharf case study

This Case Study introduces the work undertaken at St George Wharf to apply best practice to a reinforced concrete flat slab frame construction project.

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Early age concrete strength assessment case study

This Case Study discusses the experiences and benefits of using pull-out tests to determine concrete slab strengths at early stages.

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Early age construction loading case study

This Case Study looks at the experiences of applying new criteria for the striking of slabs and the design of backpropping.

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Reinforcement rationalisation and supply case study

This Case Study discusses experiences and benefits of using electronic exchange of reinforcement information, prefabricated punching shear reinforcement systems and rationalisation of main reinforcement.

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Special concretes case study

This Case Study discusses the experiences and benefits of using self-compacting concrete and the feasibility of using CRC JointCast.

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Slab deflections case study

This Case Study discusses experiences of predicting and measuring actual deflections in reinforced concrete flat slabs.

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Partnering in the Concrete Industry

A positive evaluation of how Partnering affects the concrete industry.

This document is free to members and available to non-members for a charge of £10.

Plain Formed Concrete Finishes

This publication produced in 1999 was the effort of a joint working party set up by CONSTRUCT and The Concrete Society and which provides modern thinking on the common surface finishes that are currently used throughout the construction industry.

A hard copy of this document is free to members on request and available to non-members for a charge of £60.

Concrete finishes datasheet – Central England

These reference panels constitute a realistic, consistently achievable standard as a benchmark for the benefit of the construction industry and are located at Peri Ltd, Clifton upon Dunsmere, Nr Rugby.

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Concrete finishes datasheet – London South

These panels constitute a realistic, consistently achievable standard as a benchmark for the benefit of the construction industry and are located at Medway University Campus, University of Greenwich

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Concrete finishes datasheet – North East England

These panels constitute a realistic, consistently achievable standard as a benchmark for the benefit of the construction industry and are located at University of Sheffield

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Concrete finishes datasheet – Scotland

These panels constitute a realistic, consistently achievable standard as a benchmark for the benefit of the construction industry and are located at University of Paisley

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RC Frame and Groundworks Skills Pathway booklet

This booklet is intended to be used to assist in presentations to schools, universities and during recruitment to explain what the RC Frame and Groundworks sectors are with specific attention paid to the site based roles.  Booklet also contains outline skills requirements, qualifications and apprenticeship route options plus demonstrates the potential for career progression within this Specialist Sector.

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RC Frame and Groundworks Skills Pathway A3 Poster

Poster to accompany the booklet.

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Employer guide to apprenticeships – 2017 version

This National Apprenticeship Guidance for employers has been updated in August 2017 to reflect recent changes relating to funding.

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How to employ an apprentice

A National Apprenticeship Service short guide for employers on the services NAS can supply

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Differences in apprenticeship policy across the four home nations

This is a Scottish Qualifications Authority publication.

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Brief Guide to Apprenticeships across the UK

This is a Scottish Qualifications Authority publication.

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Apprenticeship Levy and Trailblazer Standards

This presentation was prepared and delivered by Tracey Stafford at the CFTF training group meeting on 25th May 2017.

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Trailblazer Guidance

This guidance has been produced by Build UK to assists members to understand the process for development of a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard. Revised June 2017.

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A Guide to CSCS Cards

In flowchart format this guide/poster will help individuals identify the correct card and appropriate qualifications required to gain a CSCS Card.  More details on the CSCS scheme are available here.

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Build UK Training Standard

This document sets out the requirements of the Build UK training standard – updated July 2017  to include the Health & Safety Training requirements for non-supervisors, managers or directors attending site.

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