Breathe Freely initiative backs #HelpGBWorkWell with new plans
Press release: 26th January 2016
BOHS has unveiled new plans for its Breathe Freely initiative to tackle Britain’s burden of work-related ill-health and help Great Britain work well, in support of the forthcoming five-strategy recently announced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the campaign hashtag: #HelpGBWorkWell.
As the discussions around the HSE’s new five-year strategy from 2016 to 2020 get underway, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection warmly welcomed the HSE’s commitment to “highlight and tackle the burden of work-related ill-health” as one of six key themes for its forthcoming five-year strategy.
Announcing new plans for its Breathe Freely initiative in 2016, the Society predicts that respiratory health in the construction industry will be absolutely critical to the success of the HSE’s strategy on work-related disease:
Following its successful launch in April 2015, Breathe Freely has attracted unprecedented levels of support from employers, trade unions and other influential people and organisations within the construction sector and elsewhere.
An activity-packed calendar of activities in 2015 included Breathe Freely roadshows around the country for construction managers and site supervisors, designed to offer practical advice on managing health and equipping attendees to make improvements on their sites. The Society also launched the Health in Industry (HI) Management Standard, setting out best practice criteria for worker health protection. Companies can sign up to the Standard and self-assess how they are performing. In addition, a wide range of free guidance materials were published on the Breathe Freely website, including best practice case studies, fact sheets and a Good Business Case outlining the evidence that not only is good occupational hygiene the right thing to do but it makes excellent business sense too.
As 2016 begins, BOHS has pledged to employ the growing reach of the Breathe Freely initiative to collaborate closely with the HSE in its goal of highlighting and tackling work-related ill health in Britain and helping Great Britain to work well.
In particular, 2016 promises to be another busy year for Breathe Freely with:
Commenting on the plans, Mike Slater, immediate Past President of BOHS, said, “As occupational hygienists, we are delighted to note the HSE’s commitment to take action on work-related ill health as a central part of its new five-year strategy for 2016 to 2020. The aim of the Breathe Freely initiative is not only to raise awareness of lung disease in the construction sector but also to effect real change, to improve practice and ultimately reduce work-related ill health and deaths in the industry. Therefore, on behalf of the Society, I would like to pledge the resources and activities of Breathe Freely in full collaboration with HSE to support our mutual goal of protecting the health of workers.”
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The 6 Themes from HSE campaign on:
Promoting broader ownership of health and safety in Great Britain
Tackling ill health
Highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health
Managing risk well
Simplifying risk management and helping business to grow
Supporting small employers
Giving SMEs simple advice so that they know what they have to do
Keeping pace with change
Anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges
Sharing our success
Promoting the benefits of Great Britain’s world-class health and safety system
On 18 April 2017, organisations from across the UK infrastructure sector will take part in a national Stop. Make a Change event with sites, offices and production facilities putting work on hold to focus on how we can work together to build a healthier, safer industry. more>>
launched in early 2017 by the Health in Construction Leadership Group with the support of the British Safety Council. - It is sector-wide programme intended to help improve and promote positive mental health across the construction industry in the UK. more>>
A campaign from HSE protecting people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity.
HSE is seeking to influence the system through the Help Great Britain work well strategy. more>>
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