Safety, Health & Wellbeing Panel

Safety, Health & Wellbeing Panel

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The Safety, Health and Wellbeing Panel works to keep members up to date with changes to health and safety legislation.

The Panel provide strategic guidance on issues relating to health and safety that affect the Institution’s members. Topics include:

  • Climate emergency
  • Changes to the Institution’s requirements and legislation on health and safety
  • Design risk management
  • Mental health and wellbeing


Panel structure:
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Health and Safety Executive representative
  • Young Members Panel representative
  • Temporary Works Forum representative
  • Up to 24 other members (including members of various grades and those based in different locations)


Get involved:
We invite expressions of interest in Panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.

Members of the Panel are expected to fully participate in supporting and driving the Panel’s activities forward.

There are many ways that you can contribute to the activities of the group, and you will be expected to do some work outside the meetings, for example drafting or reviewing guidance and keeping up to date on the latest developments on health and safety.

The Panel meet four times a year. A maximum of one meeting will be in person at Institution HQ, whilst all other meetings are held online. Online access to meetings is always available.

Contact the Panel if you have questions about their work.

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A guide to assessing existing roofs for the addition of solar panels

This article summarises guidance developed by Hampshire County Council for the assessment of roofs in order to install photovoltaic panels.

Date – 1 April 2022
Author – Jonathan Prew
Price – £10
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An introduction to prevention through design

By establishing systems to identify and implement measures to control risks, the engineer can ensure that a design is both appropriate and proportionate to the requirements, demands and controls that are and will be placed upon it.

Date – 14 April 2022
Author – Chris Farrell and Julia Allison
Price – Free
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Procurement and use of demountable structures

This guidance note has been written to remind people of their legal responsibilities when procuring and using temporary demountable structures for events.

Date – 18 March 2022
Author – Institution's Advisory Group on Temporary Structures (AGOTS)
Price – Free
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Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) panels: Investigation and assessment

This free guidance provides identification and remediation solutions for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks. RAAC has been used in building structures in the UK and Europe since the late 1950’s, most commonly as precast roof panels in flat roof construction, but in the 1990s structural deficiencies became apparent.

Date – 7 March 2022
Author – RAAC Study Group
Price – Free
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2022: The new Code of Conduct

The Professional Conduct Committee has recently undertaken an in-depth review of the Code of Conduct. The new Code will be launched on the 1st of January 2022. 

Date – 15 December 2021
Author – Rui Carvalho-Pais, Professional Conduct Manager
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Healthy building design – what can structural engineers do?

What does it mean to design a building or structure with health and well-being in mind?

Date – 6 December 2021
Author – Sanja Buncic, Simon Corbey and Nina McCallion
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Strengthening of existing buildings: an introduction

This article discusses how strengthening an existing building can enable changes of use, achieve compliance with modern building codes, resist a previously unforeseen environmental load or increase resilience. It gives a broad description of some common strengthening options, as well as guidance on where to find more information.

Date – 2 September 2021
Author – Lizzie Blaisdell Collins and Joe White
Price – £10
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Introducing the Level of Definition Responsibility Matrix

Steve Faulkner briefl y explains how the Institution’s new Responsibility Matrix will help clarify an engineer’s responsibilities on a project.

Date – 2 August 2021
Author – Steve Faulkner
Price – £10
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Recognising mental health problems

Andy Leask FIStructE discusses some of the signs that someone needs support.

Date – 15 May 2020
Author – Andy Leask FIStructE
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