Philip Campbell from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is taking part in the panel discussion 'Working together to make construction safer' at this year's APS National Conference at Sheffield Hallam University on Wednesday 4 September.
The overall focus of this year's conference is how effective the CDM 2015 Regulations are in view of the upcoming review in 2020 and how construction as an industry can come together to save lives and protect the wellbeing of everyone involved in the life of a building project.
In this Q & A Philip gives us his view on what's working and what could be better in CDM and health & safety.
Please tell us what you do, how long you’ve been in that role and a little bit about it?
I head up the Policy and Public Affairs Team at the FMB; the largest trade association in the UK construction industry. I’ve been in this role for around 8 months. My job is to make sure the views of my members, small and medium sized construction companies, are heard in Westminster, Whitehall and by other key industry partners.
What part do the CDM regulations and/or health and safety play in your job?
I lead on all things health and safety at the FMB. This involves sitting on the CONIAC Supporting Small Employers Group, the CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Committee and managing the FMB’s own Health and Safety Policy Committee. Ultimately, my role is to help ensure the views of SMEs are heard in the right places and CDM is known and understood by our members.
In construction/building management what do you think is working well?
The incredible things the industry creates. We like to celebrate our members’ achievements through our Master Builder Awards - the entries really do show our industry in its best light.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenges facing the construction/building management sector currently?
One of the biggest challenges is removing the scourge of rogue and incompetent builders from the sector. Unfortunately the industry’s reputation is still tarnished by cowboys, damaging consumer confidence and safety within the sector. That is why we are calling for a mandatory licensing system to be introduced for construction companies to raise quality and professionalism.