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Month-long HSE Construction site inspection initiative

Month-long HSE Construction site inspection initiative

HSE’s inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting from Monday 4 October 2021.

More than 1,000 site visits are expected during the month.

The focus of the inspections is on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease, looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from construction dust including silica, asbestos and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry. 

Throughout October, HSE inspectors, supported by HCLG (Health in Construction Leadership Group) members, will carry out site visits to assess the effectiveness of measures in place to control workers’ exposure to respiratory risks from dust.

Although the health of construction workers is the over-riding concern of inspectors, they have made it clear that if an inspector identifies any other areas of concern, including immediate safety risks, they will take the necessary action to deal with them.  

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. 

The HSE’s inspection initiative, in partnership with the Work Right Campaign, hopes to educate the construction industry, especially duty holders, on wearing the right protective equipment and methods to avoid creating dust by working in different ways to keep dust down.

For more information on the programme of inspections visit the Work Right campaign: Dust. It Can Kill.

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