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New partnership created to drive adoption of the CLOCS Standard

Posted: 12th October 2016

A newly-formed partnership has been awarded the role of managing CLOCS – the national standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety.

The partnership, led by SECBE Ltd – Leaders in Construction for improved procurement, productivity and skills through collaboration, also comprises: Construction Clients Leadership Group, representing public and private sector clients; LHC which provides trusted procurement for better buildings and homes; Build UK which provides a strong collective voice for the construction supply chain; and the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image.

The role of the partnership is to embed, monitor, promote and expand the CLOCS standard throughout construction sites, companies and suppliers across the UK.

The CLOCS standard was developed by Transport for London in response to research that showed that construction vehicles were responsible for a disproportionately high number (35%) of cyclists and pedestrian fatalities involving HGV’s in London. The CLOCS Standard calls for the construction industry to recognise its responsibilities for vehicles and drivers delivering to, and collecting from construction sites. Transport for London (TfL) has made good progress in working with industry to embed the CLOCS Standard across Greater London and has already engaged over 340 CLOCS Champions. Ian Wainwright, Head of Freight and Fleet at TfL said, “We’re delighted with the industry’s enthusiastic response to adopting work related road risk (WRRR), which will help to drive the CLOCS safety standard throughout construction supply chains. All road users should consider each other and as these companies – ranging from developers, associations, local and international hauliers - take responsibility for their work related road risk, the streets will become safer for everyone.”

SECBE Chief Executive Derek Rees said: “We are delighted to be leading this partnership which will grow the CLOCS standard across the UK. By becoming a CLOCS Champion, those responsible for construction can demonstrate their commitment to protecting employees and members of the public, within and beyond the hoardings. Working in partnership, we will be able to engage with the whole industry to ensure a road safety culture and a common standard are embedded right through the supply chain”.

The Construction Clients’ Leadership Group (CCLG) represents public and private sector clients to promote best practice and industry improvements. Clients adopting the CLOCS Standard take ownership of road safety in supply chains and can promote a culture of safeguarding vulnerable road users through their procurement strategy.

LHC provides public sector organisations with the best procurement solutions for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing, schools and public buildings. Working with LHC frameworks will help to embed CLOCS into public sector projects.

Build UK’s ‘Don’t break the Chain’ campaign is encouraging the supply chain to adopt the CLOCS Standard to reduce risk to vulnerable road users. As a strong collective voice for the construction supply chain, Build UK provides influential and dynamic leadership for the support of CLOCS. The adoption of recognised standards enhances performance, facilitates a more efficient use of resources, and allows the industry to focus on eliminating, reducing and managing risks at all stages of a project.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) monitors around 8,000 construction sites, companies and suppliers every year, and will be providing monitoring of CLOCS Champions. Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy commented: “The Scheme has recognised CLOCS as an important standard; with the protection of vulnerable road users being part of the Scheme’s monitoring checklist for a number of years. We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership to develop and expand CLOCS throughout the UK, helping to raise safety standards for every road user and pedestrian affected by construction vehicles”.

To find out more information about the CLOCS Standard, click here