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The Hi Standard - Health in Industry Management Standard

The HI standard is a simple self-assessment tool to help you to better manage workplace health risks. It will enable you to identify strengths and weaknesses, set priorities and develop action plans.

You can download the self-assessment tool in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats


Who is this for ?

This tool is for use by managers responsible for health and safety on construction sites. It can be used by companies of all sizes to assess how well they are preventing and controlling employees’ exposures to the risks from construction work that cause ill health and disease.


The basis of good practice.

The tool provides a series of questions, with guidance and examples, based around a six point framework of good practice. The six leading indicators have been designed to help companies to identify the key areas and then introduce, manage and improve their worker health protection (WHP) programmes, ensuring that the health risks are properly recognised, evaluated and controlled.


The 6 leading indicators



Leadership & Commitment

Demonstrate that Worker Health Protection is valued;

  • Manage workplace health risks as an integral element of delivering the business, so as part of the business strategy not just an add-on
  • Put in place a programme and procedures that address all potential ill health and disease risks
  • Designate named management responsibility and accountability for Worker Health Protection at company, project and site level
  • Develop a culture of prevention through good practice, advocacy, positive intervention, supervision and contractor management


Risk Assessment

Assess the actual risks to health from workplace activities and substances (don’t just list the hazards);

  • Take a systematic, task-based approach to the identification and assessment of health risks
  • Anticipate all potential chemical, biological and physical hazards   arising from products used and processes that are carried out
  • Consider routine, non-routine, maintenance and emergency tasks
  • Measure exposure risks quantitatively (ie. via workplace monitoring), where required


Competency, Training & Behaviours

Ensure that every worker is on board, is competent in, and takes ownership of, their own health risk management at work;

  • Inform, instruct and train the workforce about the health risks they face, the precautions they need to take, and what to do if something goes wrong
  • Instil and enforce systems and rules to make sure control measures are used
  • Regularly monitor and review the competency and behaviours of the whole workforce
  • Require (and support) subcontractors to work to the same high standard and within the same good practice framework


Planning & Prevention

Eliminate and minimise risks to health early on: design and plan them out wherever possible;

  • Remove high risk processes/substances/activities completely from the start
  • Substitute with less hazardous processes/substances/activities where elimination isn’t feasible
  • Plan hazardous work activities so they minimise impact other working groups
  • Involve specialist expertise to advise during the planning/design process



Adopt the most effective and appropriate exposure controls to prevent ill health and disease;

  • Implement a hierarchy of control and a preference for engineering control
  • Use straightforward and effective measures utilising the principles of good practice
  • Consider personal protective equipment (PPE) only as a last resort
  • Ensure controls are proportionate to the health risk


Programme Management

Manage Worker Health Protection all the time: over the whole site, before and throughout every project, and from the top to the bottom of the company;

  •  Maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of controls on an on-going basis
  • Establish an exposure monitoring programme
  • Ensure early reporting and investigation of any potential workplace ill health or disease, through health surveillance
  • Set and then monitor measurable targets which relate to the occupational ill health prevention programme


A note about the application of the tool


The HI Management Standard has been designed to help with the management of workplace health risks. Health in the workplace can be seen as a triangle, made up of the three intersecting spheres of:



The HI Management Standard is focused on the first of the above spheres ‘Occupational hygiene: protecting people from workplace health risks’  because getting this bit right is critical in protecting workers and preventing occupational ill health and disease.

Finally, the tool has been designed for use in the construction sector but may be applied to companies in other sectors also.


How to use the Hi Standard.

A brief outline of the Hi Standard and how to use it. Download in .pdf format by clicking on the image below.


Join Us.

Demonstrate your commitment to protecting the health of your workers by pledging here to adopt the HI Standard.


Submit this simple form and we will keep you up to date on all the latest developments.


Download the self assessment tool below.

This tool is for use by managers responsible for health and safety on construction sites.

It contains instructions, 6 assessment framework tools that relate to the 6 leading indicators and finally an action plan. The tool is  Available for download in PDF and Microsoft Word Formats.

A4 Version.

Download as a pdf ideal for printing or sharing

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