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New HSE construction campaign starts 7th October - are you ready?

The HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative between 7th October to 1st November 2019

02 October 2019

The HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative between 7th October – 1st November.

HSE inspectors are looking to ensure that anyone involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls.

Whilst priority is given to safety, still thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than are harmed by at-work accidents.

Asbestos and dust are slow killers and the HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these deaths with asbestos and silica being the major causes highlighting the importance of raising awareness and having the right controls in place.

What does this mean for you? Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous to someone’s health such substances can be.

The HSE will be looking at all aspects of safety on site, but will focus on health. In particular they will be focusing on the measures that are in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.

Be aware that enforcement action will be taken where poor standards are found when HSE visit sites.

What do you need to do? Some examples of work related ill health controls:

  • Ensure that exposure to respirable silica dust and wood dust is eliminated or reduced through extraction or wetting down, and ensuring that all affected persons are face fit tested, clean shaven and issued with FFP3 respiratory protection
  • Ensure you have a suitable asbestos survey in place, and that uncontrolled disturbance of asbestos containing materials is prevented
  • Ensure CoSHH assessments are in place for all substances on site, and relevant people know what the hazards are, and the controls to be put in place including what PPE to wear
  • Ensure hearing protection is worn in noisy environments
  • Ensure exposure to hand held vibration is controlled, monitored and HAVS records forms kept up to date

Of course this needs to be adequately controlled at all times, but if you have any questions please contact us so we can talk through your specific circumstances on site

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