Dangers of Dust
The Health & Safety Executive are beginning a month-long inspection initiative on Monday 4th of October 2021. Inspectors are targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch.
Respiratory risks and occupational lung diseases will be the focus this year. The HSE will look at control measures businesses have in place to protect workers’ lungs. Silica, asbestos and wood dust are all risk factors. Improving health in construction is the aim of a longer term health and work strategy.
While the main focus is health, if an inspector identifies other areas for concern, they will take the necessary actions. HSE’s WorkRight campaign will also support the initiative. This is aimed at influencing employer behaviour by encouraging builders to download free guidance and advice, increasing knowledge and capability to protect workers’ health.
More than 3,500 builders die each year due to cancers related to their work. Ill health and working days lost are also caused by thousands more cases.
HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, Sarah Jardine, spoke. ‘Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made work by their work than are actually killed in construction accidents.’
Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) and Tier 1 Industry contractors are supporting HSE. Throughout October, HCLG members will carry out more than 1,000 site visits. They will assess the effectiveness of measures in place to control workers’ exposure to respiratory risks from dust. Findings from site visits and a survey will allow industry to feed into HSE’s broader commitment to improve the health of construction workers. This is because it will provide HSE with a wider dataset to evaluate ongoing practices across the industry.
HSE and Industry Insights will support HSE’s strategic plan to broaden the range and depth of future regulatory health interventions.
Read more about the programme of inspections visit the Work Right campaign website: https://workright.campaign.gov.uk/campaigns/construction-dust/More News