Last week the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched their latest construction inspection initiative primarily targeting London construction sites, focusing on health and asbestos work. The aim of the campaign is to review the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease when carrying out common construction tasks.
This initiative is an extension of the HSE’s Go Home Healthy campaign which has a strong focus on not just workplace safety but also takes into consideration the issue of ill health in the workplace, which until recently, has been overlooked. When you look at the statistics, you will find that many more people suffer from occupational ill health than are harmed by workplace accidents.
The HSE has estimated that there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths each year and, perhaps even more shockingly, the construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with the main causes being asbestos and silica. It is therefore clear to see why the HSE has decided to launch this initiative.
When conducting their inspections, they will be assessing whether those involved in construction projects know the risks, plan their work properly and are using the right control measures for the job. If poor standards are found, the HSE has been clear on the fact that they will take enforcement action against those responsible.
Alcumus Sypol understands that although keeping your workforce safe is a top priority, you may not always have the resources readily available in order to do so. We are on hand to assist with a variety of workplace monitoring requirements, including air quality monitoring, LEV testing and asbestos surveying, which can help prepare you for any upcoming HSE inspections. These monitoring services will assess your workforce’s exposure levels to hazardous substances before our monitoring services experts advise and recommend the appropriate control measures to take.
If you are concerned about the upcoming inspections or require an open discussion with regards to your workplace monitoring requirements, then please get in touch with us today so that we can help you to keep your people safe. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01296 678 464.