The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are targeting the construction sector this month in an inspection initiative. The inspections, which started on Monday 4 October, are analysing any respiratory risks caused by the exposure to certain substances.
The purpose of these inspections is to look at measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from hazardous substances – such as asbestos, silica, and wood dust – with the view to seeing if any improvements need to be made.
This is part of the HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry. More than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work and becoming exposed to harmful substances, with thousands more cases of ill health and working days lost.
Your responsibilities as an employer
As an employer, you hold a legal duty to protect your workers by preventing or reducing dust exposure to your workers. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), you have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Health & Safety of all employees at work. You can do this by assessing and controlling the risks.
If you’re performing activities that produce dust in construction, you should:
For a more detailed guide to managing dust in construction, please check out our free download below.
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