HSE focuses once more on Construction industry with health inspection initiative

Last October HSE ran a construction health inspection initiative which focused on lung disease, particularly those caused by asbestos and dust.

HSE is going to be running this initiative again between 17th June and 12th July 2019.

During this period HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects are following their key messages ‘know the risks’, ‘plan your work’ and ‘use the right controls’.

The HSE #dustbuster resource page will be added to and updated throughout the campaign with new photos and videos to use to promote better management of health risks created by dust.

Free resources on protecting workers from lung disease

Recent years have seen a number of campaigns launched, focusing on worker health and protecting workers from lung disease. These have resulted in a vast range of valuable, free advice and resources being made widely available and easily accessible to everyone:

  • HSE’s Go Home Healthy campaign: one of the main areas of focus for this initiative is lung disease, and in-depth information and a number of resources are available on HSE’s website

  • IOSH’s No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign: ‘A wake up call to cancer caused by work’ highlights the need for a wider understanding of carcinogen exposure issues and how businesses can take action. Free resources include those related to asbestos, silica dust and diesel fumes i.e. known risks to lung health

  • BOHS’s Breathe Freely campaign: ‘Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in construction’ is the primary aim of this campaign, and the Breathe Freely website contains a vast and wide range of resources – all specifically developed for the construction industry.

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