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HSE targets dust on site

29 September 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is cracking down on construction firms that do not appropriately deal with the risks of dust inhalation and occupational respiratory diseases on site.

A month-long inspection initiative, beginning on 5 October, will primarily focus on the risks  of asbestos, silica and wood dust inhalation. HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Sarah Jardine, said to Construction Manager: “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are actually killed in construction accidents.

“Our inspection initiatives ensure that inspectors are able to speak to dutyholders and visit sites to look at the kind of action businesses in the construction industry are taking right now to protect their workers’ health, particularly when it comes to exposure to dust and damage to lungs.”

ECA’s eRAMS risk assessment service can help contractors assess and manage a range of health and safety matters, including potential exposure to dust. Please visit ECA's eRAMS site for more.

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