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Sharing data, saving lives: A Regulators’ Pioneer Fund report

Thu May 5, 2022
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‘Sharing data, saving lives’ explores the opportunity around sharing health and safety data in the construction industry and examines the practicalities of doing so

‘Sharing data, saving lives: a Regulators’ Pioneer Fund report’, opens up the issues around data sharing in the construction industry, and will provide a great basis for future initiatives in this area.

The project and report aim to determine how significant an opportunity there is to benefit from sharing health and safety data in the construction industry and examines the practicalities of doing so.

The project team consisted of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Atkins, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Metis Digital. The team had expertise in construction delivery; health and safety in the context of construction; data strategies; sharing data; and health-and-safety risk-data management in construction projects.

The Health & Safety Executive has a mission to lower the human cost of injury and ill health on construction sites. Enabling data sharing in a secure and resilient way to help businesses make better decisions is an important part of UK Government Policy. Industry is undergoing a technical revolution as information systems become more capable and far reaching. It is important therefore that HSE supports research to bring these factors together. This Report explores the potential that sharing design risk data can have in reducing the levels of risk and uncertainty encountered on the construction site. The Sharing Data Saving Lives project has explored some key practical issues around how data can be shared, and what are the blockers and enablers, incentives and disincentives that prevent this happening. The potential size of the financial gains are explored, and a logic model presented to show how these gains can be realised.

The project was supported by a grant of £198,831 from the £3.7 million Regulators’ Pioneer Fund launched by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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