HSE Dust Kills Campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are committed to improving the health of workers in the construction industry and will be conducting a month long focus this June on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. 

Sites of all types and sizes will be visited to check that appropriate measures are in place to protect workers’ lung health from exposure to dust. HSE inspectors will look at the way work is designed and planned, and the measures in place to protect workers from harmful exposure to dust. 

Dust particles can be 100 times smaller than a grain of sand and you don’t need to see them to breathe them in. Once in your lungs, dust will start causing damage.

Exposure to dust can lead to severe breathing difficulties and lung diseases that can ruin lives with construction workers die every week from lung diseases caused by exposure to dust.

It can take years before the damage is visible and by then it can be too late. Construction workers should make sure they are aware of the risks and work in ways that always protects their lung health.

This campaign provides information and resources for employers, construction workers and small builders.

To find out more, click the link below.

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