Oi! Mind your language…

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched a campaign to tackle “inappropriate and offensive language” on Britain’s construction sites.

Earlier this year a CITB survey revealed that more than half of people working in the industry had heard sexist, racist or ageist language in the last 12 months and that 14% heard it at least once a week. Nearly half heard homophobic language and while most incidents were described as ‘banter’, 17% described what they heard as patronising and 6% said they were direct insults.

Spotlight-onlanguageEdward Hardy, chief executive of the CCS, said: “The construction industry has had a reputation for bad language and sexist behaviour which affects employees and the public but we have seen improvements. Our monitors have reported positive developments in the last few years but there is much work to be done in the face of these statistics showing that it’s still prevalent. And while some of it may be classed as ‘banter’, it may offend other members of staff and the public”

The ‘Spotlight on…language’ scheme is an online portal providing the industry with information, advice, and links to other organisations and bodies and that will enable anyone to find out more about tackling inappropriate, offensive and foul language and how it forms part of wider equality and diversity legislation.

CCS recommends three ways that the industry can improve the language used on sites:

• have clear policies in place that clearly state what is unacceptable

• be proactive in educating and informing people about what is unacceptable

• create a culture where people are comfortable to come forward and where they will be taken seriously


Article posted 20/10/2014