New HSE Initiative to start in June

There’s a new initiative from the HSE starting in June and you need to know about it.

Starting from June 17th, HSE will be carrying out a construction inspective initiative focusing on health and in particular, the measures in place to prevent occupational lung disease.

We’ve written quite a bit over the last year about the dangers of the ‘silent killer’ which is asbestos, legionella, silica and other common construction task ‘debris’.

Many businesses think that slips, falls and machinery/buildings related accidents are the biggest danger to their staff, but in fact, the HSE estimate there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths per year. Around 3,500 of these are from the construction industry. An incredible statistic.

 In a nutshell, that statistic is why the HSE have announced this initiative; to tackle what are deemed by many to be the ‘slow killers’.

Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous to someone’s health such substances can be.

The initiative itself will involve inspections that make sure construction companies have identified the risks of slow killers, plan their work to reduce those risks and put the right controls and documentation procedures in place.

Where firms are found to be ignoring any of the three points above, relevant and relative enforcement action will be taken.

Customers of the Romero Risk Management service will already be well versed in the whole process of managing the potential risk of air-borne materials, but if you’d like more advice, contact us today.