Eton Environmental Group is pleased to support a month-long inspection initiative ran by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Throughout October, HSE inspectors across the UK are targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch with the focus being on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. The inspectors are looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect their workers lungs from construction dust including wood dust, silica, and asbestos.
The initiative is being supported by the HSE’s WorkRight campaign, aimed to influence employer behaviour by encouraging builders to download the free information and guidance the HSE have available, increasing knowledge and capability to protect health.
There are over 5,000 asbestos-related disease deaths each year with 2,369 mesothelioma deaths in 2019 and a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past asbestos exposure in the UK. There were also 490 asbestosis deaths in the same year.
There are over 600 deaths per year with 450 of these occurring from exposures to RCS (respirable crystalline silica) in the construction sector. Exposure to RCS can cause silicosis and lung cancer.
In total, more than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost.
To continue to raise awareness around the dangers of asbestos, Eton Environmental group is promoting the campaign on our social media platforms.