UK: HSE respiratory health site inspection initiative for the construction sector

Dust can kill! WOBO thanks HSE for their UK update.

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Site inspections across Great Britain throughout June 2022

Every week, workers in the construction industry develop serious lung diseases that can have a devastating impact on them and their families.

During June, HSE will be carrying out a health inspection initiative focusing on the respiratory risks to construction workers from exposure to dust. 

Know the risks, protect workers’ health, act now

Running from Monday 6 June – Friday 1 July 2022, the inspection initiative aims to support industry by raising awareness of health issues in relation to dust exposure to improve the long-term health of those working in construction.

This initiative is part of HSE’s wider-phased, strategic plan developed to improve health within the construction industry.

Dust can kill.

We have advice for employers, workers and small builders on how to stay safe.

Rights and responsibilities when working on a construction site

Employers:

Regardless of the size of your business, you have a legal responsibility to protect workers’ health.

Plan jobs to eliminate the risks from dust where you can. Otherwise, use measures to control dust and minimise the risk.

Construction workers:

Don’t gamble with your future health by taking unnecessary risks today. Talk to your employer about the risks from dust and how to avoid them.

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