Health and safety for major road schemes: 'Raising the bar' initiative

Highways England health and safety initiative to identify best practice, raise standards and improve supply chain engagement within major projects.

Through the ‘Rais­ing the bar’ ini­tia­tive, Highways England working in collaboration with its supply chain aim to iden­tify cur­rent health and safety best prac­tice and then define that as the min­i­mum require­ment to be implemented on all major projects.

'Raising the bar' health and safety instructions

Information, guidance and expec­ta­tions for implementing the ‘Raise the bar’ health and safety initiative for major projects within Highways England.

'Raising the bar' health and safety guidance documents

‘Raising the bar’ provides guidance on the cur­rent best prac­tice and min­i­mum require­ments for health and safety on major projects within Highways England. Highways England and its supply chain partners are required to review their procedures against these documents then consider and implement standards on site within six months of the document version date.

Where applicable, each major scheme should comply with the ‘minimum requirements’ of the standards.

The standards also set out ‘desirable’ elements, for consideration and implementation if deemed appropriate.

Not every document specifies minimum and desirable requirements, but these must also be considered and applied where practicable.

Raising the Bar 29 - Supervision

Raising the Bar 33 - Occupational Cancer

Published 1 September 2014
Last updated 21 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. 'Saftey helmet colours' document added

  2. Documents updated

  3. First published.