Between 7 October – 1 November, HSE inspectors will visit construction sites across the UK focusing on how construction companies are currently managing dust within their workplace.

Are you ready for your visit?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that, on 7th October 2019, it will start carrying out the latest construction health inspection initiative. Visits will be made to construction workplaces where occupational lung diseases, including in some cases occupational cancers, are more common.

Continuing its focus on health, the HSE will be paying particular attention to your control measures in place to protect your workers from occupational lung disease, caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts, when carrying out common construction tasks. This campaign focuses on the construction industry but the HSE could, in the future, extend the focus on occupational lung disease to other industries where there is risk of exposure to hazardous dusts.

 Be prepared for your visit

HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls. Where poor standards are found, enforcement action will be taken.

Here are some simple steps to mitigate the risks of exposure to these dusts:

  • Plan your work – work in a different way, limit the amount you cut or use non-powered equipment like block splitters
  • Stop the dust getting into the air – Wet cutting and on-tool extraction are both effective
  • Use the right mask

Finally, some quick tips to ensure you are ready for your HSE inspection. You need to ensure:

  • You have appropriate risk assessments in place
  • Employees have been provided with sufficient information and adequate training to carry out their work
  • Site Managers are enforcing your procedures and providing appropriate supervision

If you need support or a Site Inspection by Salus to review your site and arrangements, please call us on 01978 504144 to book us in!