BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection - state that "It’s no secret that construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, approximately 3,500 will die from occupational cancer caused by past exposure to asbestos, another 500 will die from exposure to silica dust and in addition, 5,500 new cases of occupational cancer will be reported."
Furthermore, they say that "today alone, an unknown but significant number will breathe in the hazardous substances that may eventually lead to serious ill health and may even be fatal.What is less well known is that there’s a solution: most of these industrial diseases can be prevented – by recognising the real hazards, evaluating the risks of being exposed to them, and then effectively controlling those exposures."
BOHS is therefore working in partnership with the HSE, Mace, Land Securities and Constructing Better Health, with sponsorship from Speedy Services, on ‘Breathe Freely’. This is a collaborative initiative which is providing free information, resources and signposting to the advice and expertise we know is needed to help raise standards and keep them high.
Don’t miss these free ‘Breathe freely’ regional events, aimed at construction managers and site supervisors responsible for health and safety