The HSE is carrying out its latest construction health initiative with health and safety inspectors targeting construction sites across Great Britain.
The construction health initiative is now underway and runs until Friday 30 October.
The focus will be on protecting workers from respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. HSE inspectors will be looking at the measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust.
This initiative forms part of the Health and Safety Executive’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry. They report that more than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work. This is 100 times more than deaths from construction accidents.
You can read more from the Health and Safety Executive here: Read the HSE press release
What about Covid-19?
Covid-19 is a critical health risk. As part of this initiative, HSE inspectors will be reviewing the measures construction businesses have implemented to ensure a covid-secure workplace.
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