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Upcoming Events 2016


Spotlight on Silica

joint presentations from BOHS,  IOSH and HSE

BOHS has teamed up with HSE and IOSH in a joint initiative to promote awareness of occupational cancer caused by exposure to silica dust.

These events are free to attend, speakers from BOHS, HSE and IOSH will enlighten delegates about the associated health risks from exposure to silica, the role of occupational hygiene in protecting workers, and providing practical examples and case studies showing how the risks from silica can be managed.


Managing health risks in the construction industry

Construction Group Webinar

Tue 20 Sep 2016 12:30 PM - Tue 20 Sep 2016 1:30 PM


The IOSH Construction Group are pleased to announce this webinar, to be run in conjunction with BOHS on their Breathe Freely initiative. With Mike Slater, Past President of BOHS speaking, he will give a talk on the problem of respiratory disease amongst construction workers – in particular how it can be prevented.  He will discuss common problems and solutions based on industrial experience and research findings. He will also discuss the key role of prevention and control in managing health risks and introduce the Breathe Freely initiative HI Standard (Health in Industry Management Standard).

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  •   Spotlight on Silica Events
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    South Coast Branch

    12/09/2016, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

    The Ageas Bowl, Botley Road, West End, Southampton,

    Hampshire, SO30 3XH

    IOSH Speaker: David Thomas
    BOHS Speaker: Dave Marsh

    BOHS East Midlands and Yorkshire branch

    26-Sep-16, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

    HSL in Buxton

    IOSH Speaker: Philip Baker
    BOHS Speaker: Damien Eaves
    HSE Speaker: Mark Flynn/Julian Delic

    North Staffs

    03-Oct-16, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

    Training ctr, Wistanton Rd Business Ctr, Crewe

    IOSH Speaker: John Lacey
    BOHS Speaker: tbc

    Humber Branch

    05-Oct-16, 10.00am - 12.00pm

    Country Park Inn, Hessle Foreshore, Hull, HU13 0HB

    HSE Speaker: tbc

    Isle of Man

    06-Oct-16, 1.30pm - 4.00pm

    IOM Construction Federation
    (previously known as IOM Employers Federation),
    23A The Village Walk, Onchan, IM3 4EB, Isle of Man

    IOSH Speaker: Graham Parker
    BOHS Speaker: TBC

    Midland Branch West District

    20-Oct-16, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

    Ramada Telford, Forge Gate, Telford

    IOSH Speaker: Phillip Barker
    BOHS Speaker: TBC

    Bristol and West Branch

    10-Nov-16, 8.00am - 10.00am

    Concorde room, BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS347RG

    IOSH Speaker: John Lacey
    BOHS Speaker: Tania Cresswell
    HSE Speaker: Ian Smart

    Edinburgh Branch

    22-Nov-16, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

    Craiglockhart Campus, Napier Edinburgh University,
    219 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

    IOSH Speaker: Karen McDonnell
    BOHS Speaker: Rupert Balfry/Helen Person
    HSE Speaker: Mark Ashby

    South West Branch

    18-May-17, 1.00pm - 3.30pm

    Boringdon Park Golf Club, Plympton

    IOSH Speaker: Philip Baker
    BOHS Speaker: TBC

    Tyne and Wear Branch

    15-Jun-17, TBC

    Durham Emirates Cricket Club (tbc)

    IOSH Speaker: Tim Briggs
    BOHS Speaker: Mark Holmes confirmed


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    Construction Group Webinar

    Tue 20 Sep 2016 12:30 PM -Tue 20 Sep 2016 1:30 PM

    It’s no secret that construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, approximately 3,500 will die from occupational cancer caused by past exposure to asbestos, another 500 will die from exposure to silica dust and in addition, 5,500 new cases of occupational cancer will be reported. Furthermore, today alone, an unknown but significant number will breathe in the hazardous substances that will one day debilitate or kill them.

    However, occupational disease and illness can be prevented - it is possible for construction work to be carried out without causing ill-health, provided risks are properly eliminated, managed and controlled. This requires a concerted effort by everyone, to recognise the hazards to health, evaluate the degree of exposure, and implement effective and reliable control measures. Health risks should be managed as part of an overall system to prevent or control health and safety risks.

    Practical, straight forward solutions are available for many common health risks created by construction work and the incidence of disease can be reduced if they are implemented effectively. In other cases, experienced, qualified occupational hygienists, often working in conjunction with other specialists, can help employers develop control strategies.

    The Breathe Freely initiative, launched by BOHS with their partners – HSE, Mace, Land Securities and Constructing Better Health - has produced resources to help managers in the construction industry to manage health risks. These includes fact sheets, case studies, the HI Standard (Health in Industry Management Standard) and the Construction Managers’ Toolkit


    What's in it for you?

    The expected learning outcomes for attendees are:


    • An understanding of the key role of prevention and control in the management of health risks in the construction industry
    • An understanding of common problems and solutions
    • Practical advice and tools to take away and use in the workplace to improve standards in how worker health is being protected
    • Information about good practice and case studies from across the sector
    • An introduction to the Breathe Freely HI Standard and how it can be used by construction companies to improve their management of health risks; and,
    • An introduction to other resources developed by the Breathe Freely initiative.


    Who should attend

    All those with an interest in/responsibility for health and safety in construction.


    What you need to know

    This webinar is free to attend and you will need to
    register online in order to book onto the session. Once registered, you will be sent an email with all of the necessary details.

    If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Ben Pollard who will be able to assist.


    Webinars take place using an online software programme called Zoom. It is important that you check that your computer/laptop is compatible with the software and that the relevant plugins and security firewalls permit access. Please check with your IT department to make sure you will be able to access the webinar properly.


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Breathe Freely Roadshow

London, 4th November

The event is aimed at anyone working within the construction industry with a responsibility for the health and safety of workers.

The event is sponsored by RVT group.

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Breathe Freely Roadshows 2016


During September and October 2015 we ran four roadshow events around the UK. Almost 400 Managers and Supervisors from the construction industry were in attendance at these sessions which were lively and interactive with a lot of discussion around the practical aspects of managing health.


Speakers from the HSE, BOHS and industry talked about:

  • The scale of the problem and who’s at risk;
  • An overview of the main hazards, how to identify them and, importantly, how they can be controlled;
  • Practical advice and tools to take away and use in the workplace to help improve standards;
  • Good practice examples;
  • What we mean by occupational hygiene, occupational health and wellbeing


We will be running more roadshows in the new year – these will be publicised on this page once dates and locations are confirmed.


Links to some of the presentations are here >>

Thanks and see you later in the year

Sharon Brunt

Communications and Marketing Manager

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