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Spotlight on… occupational cancers follow-up article

Published 2 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Health screening Medical conditions Occupational health risks Weather protection

In September 2015, the Scheme’s campaign focused on the increasingly important issue of occupational cancers and examined what the industry was doing to safeguard employees within the industry. It was found that between 220 and 250 workers die each year as a result of an immediate injury, compared to the 15,000 – 18,000 who die from cancer. Despite this, the…


HSE Guidance: Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction

Published 27 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGuidance Health screening Medications Occupational health risks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) results from its annual refurbishment initiative have revealed that poor standards or dangerous practices were found on 46% of construction sites visited. In light of the results, HSE have issued new specialist guidance, ‘Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction’ to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place on all sites. To find…


HSE Appointed Doctors

Published 27 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultants Consultation Health screening

An appointed doctor is a registered medical practitioner appointed by HSE to undertake statutory medical surveillance. Employers have a legal duty to ensure employees are under medical surveillance by an appointed doctor, if they work with specific hazards and undertake certain work activities covered by the following relevant regulations: Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 Control…


Providing appropriate respiratory protective equipment

Published 5 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs PPE Religious considerations

It is important to identify hazards posed to operatives on site and implement measures to offset the risks. The construction industry poses a number of hazards to operatives, most notably of which being silica and silican dusts. It is important to appropriately inform and protect your workforce to minimise exposure to harmful substances. Below is an example of how a site…


IOSH No Time to Lose Campaign: solar radiation

Published 5 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPosters Weather protection

IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses to take action. They have provided a number of resources which may help businesses better understand the risks posed by solar radiation: Research on solar radiation exposure at work (documents can be found below); Free events are held to learn more about occupational…


Occupational Health: Controlling Dust

Published 20 October 2015 | Written by Monika De Kock
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention

Our aim was to reduce the volume of harmful wood dust polluting the atmosphere in the area where our carpenters are working to a level as low as ‘reasonably practical’. Wood dust has a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) of 5mg/m3 and can cause asthma, nasal cancer, emphysema, etc., when inhaled in large quantities for prolonged periods. To reduce the risk,…


Skin Cancer awareness

Published 18 September 2015 | Written by Dominick Gallagher
CategoriesWeather protection

Rates of Skin Cancer are higher than any other cancer in the UK and it is estimated that 37 people a day in the UK are diagnosed with Skin Cancer. At Knightbuild Ltd, a Skin Cancer Awareness campaign has been implemented and introduced across all our projects to educate our workforce about the associated dangers and also to introduce control…


Dust Protection Devices

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Occupational health risks

Active measures should be taken to minimise dust and fumes on and around site. Dust can be a cause of complaint for the community and poses environmental and occupational health hazards for the workforce. When installing monitoring points on site, fixings had to be drilled into concrete, stone, masonry or similar substrates, which caused large amounts of dust. Some of this dust would be…


On site ‘Breathe Easy’ training

Published 4 September 2015 | Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Training

To ensure that the Asbestos removal contract could operate safely, ‘Breathe Easy’ kit training was organised on site, for all nine operatives. As asbestos removal is a high risk activity it was essential that all staff were fully up to speed with the risks and how to safely deal with asbestos related work, before going to work in the enclosures. This…


Workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place

Published 5 August 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Construction workers have an increased risk of developing skin cancer due to their prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. It is important to acknowledge these risks and take a proactive stance to prevent harmful exposures. The Australian construction industry have taken measures to safeguard their workforce, with the Cancer Council Australia recommending that workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place,…


Protection from the sun on site using a UV helmet sticker

Published 30 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Weather protection

Construction work can pose a number of health and safety risks. A significant proportion of construction work is performed outside, with operatives exposed to different types of weather conditions. During the summer months, the workforce needs to be aware of both heat and sun exposure, remain protected from direct sunlight and ensure they keep hydrated. Below is an example of how…


Minimising operatives’ exposure to the sun

Published 28 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Weather protection

Construction workers have an increased risk of developing skin cancer due to their regular exposure to the sun. It is essential to assess the risks posed and implement appropriate control measures to minimise operatives’ exposure to the sun. Below is an example of how a site has offered sun protection to their workforce: A ventilated neck sun protector with sweat headband…


Face Fit Mask Stations

Published 13 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE

Securing the wellbeing of your workforce is essential. This is important when certain activities result in air contamination through dust or fumes. Measures to minimise the hazards to operatives should be actively sought and encouraged on site. Below is an example of how sites can protect their workers from breathing in harmful substances: All operatives were provided with free face fit mask…


Breathe Freely: Preventing Lung Disease in Construction Workers

Published 13 July 2015 | Written by Sharon Brunt
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns

Occupational health risks need to be addressed in order to care for the health and wellbeing of the workforce. It is no secret that construction workers are at a high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, approximately 3,500 will die from cancer caused by past exposures to asbestos, 500 more from silica dust,…


Network Rail Campaign: Skin Protection

Published 6 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Network Rail and Cancer Research UK have come together to raise awareness of the risks associated with skin cancer. Network rail have identified the risk posed to their employees with many working outdoors for several hours at a time. The importance of sun protection has been made clear, with sites encouraging the use of an SPF spray or cream, lightweight…