As of 5 October 2020, Health and Safety inspectors across Britain have been conducting assessments across construction sites to analyse any respiratory risks caused by the exposure to certain substances. This is part of 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.
As an employer, it’s your legal and moral obligation to protect your workers from the exposure of harmful substances such as asbestos, silica, and wood dust. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), you have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees at work and you can do this by assessing and controlling the risks.
To ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect your people from the exposure of harmful substances, our Health and Safety experts have put together a free guide on the hazards and risks of dust, reducing the amount of dust on-site, and protecting your workers efficiently. To download your free copy, simply fill in your details in the form opposite.