Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in the construction industry
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.
Spotlight on Silica Events
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ASDA are one of the biggest retailers in UK and carry out 100s of construction projects per year in live stores. We are delighted to support the Breathe Freely campaign as it is a key element of our strategy to raise awareness of the causes of work-related ill health and disease and act to prevent or reduce exposures. ASDAs main focus is to protect our supply chain contractors, customers and retail colleagues by promoting health & safety good practice with focus on managing health and 'wellbeing' matters across the retail sector.
Weetabix Food Company are fully supportive of the Breathe Freely Campaign and protecting the health and wellbeing of all our employees and visitors.
BOHS kindly delivered an informative presentation to our contractors in August 2015. We strongly promote health and wellbeing to our employees and deliver companywide Health Surveillance. We also encourage all of our contractors to deliver Health Surveillance to their employees.
The Breathe Freely Campaign supports Weetabix Food Company in ensuring our employees and visitors to return home safely and not harmed from occupational health disease. In order to achieve Zero Harm, we must continue to provide information, training, supervision and work together with our workforce.
Omega Environmental Services are proud to be sponsors of the Breathe Freely Campaign.
As a licenced asbestos removal contractor we have strict procedures in place to protect people from exposure to asbestos fibres. However the Breathe Freely campaign has given us a greater appreciation of other serious construction related illnesses risks which we now focus on and continually monitor to reduce the risks.
We will actively promote and support the Breathe Freely campaign within our company and to every contractor we work with.
Kerri Ashcroft SHEQ Director
May and Stephens Construction Recruitment is dedicated to the protection of worker health and as such is proud to support the Breathe Freely campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the causes of occupational lung disease in the construction industry. Long-term environmental concerns and awareness of health & safety are an integral part of the rigid internal training programme introduced to all of our employees and everyone associated with our business.
The Association for Project Safety is delighted to be supporting the Breathe Freely campaign. As a pan construction industry membership body our members work in all areas of construction but particularly the pre-construction phase of projects. It is vitally important that designers and health and safety consultants are fully aware of the risks to worker and others’ ill-health through the design phase decisions they make.
We are committed to working with the BOHS to raise awareness of the issues faced by the construction industry and those they affect and thereby reduce the incidence of occupational lung disease in the construction sector.
Rob Strange OBE FCIB C.Dir FIoD HonFIOSH
Arcus Consulting is a national multidisciplinary consultancy practice. We are fully committed to health and safety and we take our responsibility very seriously. We always strive to be at the forefront of innovation and campaigns which will lead towards a progressive, safe and healthy society.
We applaud BOHS and wholeheartedly support their Breathe Freely National Campaign as it aligns with our core business principles to drive positive change in the construction sector by reducing risks, tackling health issues and challenge the negative behavioural patterns.
This is an important and welcome initiative. Lung disorders, ranging from lung cancer, through to asthma,
mesothelioma and COPD are all preventable and much more must be done to prevent exposure.
Hugh Robertson, Senior health and safety policy officer
Casella is proud to support the Breathe Freely campaign through the development of innovative exposure monitoring solutions, that will verify the effectiveness of controls or ‘nudge’ behaviour to ensure healthier outcomes for workers in the construction sector.
Wefitrpe ltd is supportive of Breathe Freely as it aims to raise awareness of respirable hazards to try and reduce lung related illness. We want to help to spread the information to help reduce the numbers of people suffering from lung conditions.
Wefitrpe ltd commits to promoting this campaign and thus helping to spread the word about the dangers of Lung Related Illnesses.
Paul Chamberlain, Wefitrpe
We are delighted to support the breathe freely campaign as it closely mirrors our beliefs of improving the wellbeing of our workers. At Spectrum we encourage our operatives them to take advantage of the free training that we offer to them in order to improve their awareness of the importance of a high standard of Health and Safety in industry. We aim to raise awareness of the campaign to each and every member of our workforce, and also highlight the control methods that they can use in order to combat the effects of occupational health risks.
Wayne O’Brien, Internal Health and Safety Trainer
For too long, occupational health has been under the radar and this campaign will help to ensure that this is no longer the case. It is completely unacceptable that, with the advances in construction techniques, innovation and protection methods, there are still 3,500 occupational cancer deaths each year in our industry. At Morgan Sindall, being safe and keeping healthy continues to be of paramount importance. As part of this, we promote health and well-being for everyone who works with us, and believe that no one who works on our projects should be exposed to occupational health disease. Our focus here is steadily moving us towards our goal of making 100% Safe a reality, and by working together, our industry can make a difference.
The Breathe Freely campaign will further support Morgan Sindall in ensuring that the control of workplace exposures is recognised, understood and acted upon by all those involved in our projects, including the customers and supply chain with whom we work.
Martin Worthington, SHEQ Director
As a leader in safety and founding member of the HSE’s Construction Dust Partnership, Arco takes the issue of long latency occupational diseases, such as occupational lung disease, extremely seriously and fully supports the great work of the BOHS and its Breathe Freely campaign.
We already have a solid partnership with the BOHS which endorses our Construction Dust Expert Guide and are confident that together with BOHS members we can help to reduce the incidence of occupational lung disease in the construction industry.
Paul Ness, Divisional Director of Safety Equipment, Arco.
SKC Limited is pleased and proud to support the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign. As a global leader in occupational hygiene solutions, we firmly believe that such initiatives can help make real changes to workers’ lives, helping to raise awareness and putting worker health at the top of the agenda for the construction industry.
Here at Cartrefi Conwy we strive to meet the best possible standards in the health, safety and welfare for both our in house staff and contractors. The Breathe Freely initiative fits perfectly into this year’s improving health action plan and really helps us roll out our campaign on construction related respiratory hazards.
Richard Burrows (safety advisor)
Viridis Safety Ltd. are proud to be supporters of Breathe Freely and are supporting the campaign by providing speakers to construction safety groups across Scotland. Our volunteer speakers are enthusiastically promoting the Breathe Freely message – “that preventing occupational lung disease in construction workers is vital in maintaining a sustainable construction industry in the UK”.
As an occupational hygiene consultancy serving organisations across Scotland, Viridis Safety will continue to support Scottish construction companies in their efforts to reduce construction worker ill-health.
We at Training & Testing Services wholeheartedly support the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign.
For far too long the issue of respiratory protection has been ignored across all industry sectors including the construction industry with the sad consequence of approximately 12000 deaths per year caused by respiratory illness.
We will promote the campaign on our website and at every available opportunity to try and bring an end to the early death and suffering that is caused by respiratory illness within the construction industry.
HomeServe Membership is delighted to support the Breathe Freely Campaign. As the UKs leading home assistance company, our network of plumbing, drainage, electrical and heating maintenance specialist engineers are working 24/7 in private homes with all the risks that come from unfamiliar and uncontrolled workspaces. We already provide them with the skills to dynamically assess the home and the tools to protect their breathing, but this campaign drives home the message to each of them and to our customers.
GKR Scaffolding Ltd are committed believers in championing and pioneering new Health, Safety and Wellbeing innovations within the Scaffolding profession and are proud winners of prestigious Health and Safety accolades, cementing our commitment to providing the healthiest and safest environments we can for our employees to work in..
We believe this to be at the core of a well-balanced fit, healthy, engaged and productive workforce.
We actively look for new ways to improve and evolve and for that reason, we whole-heartedly support the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign which we believe is vital to raise standards and deliver significant changes within the Construction sector..
R.P. Safety Services are proud to support the Breathe Freely campaign and we are committed to helping construct an industry free from lung disease by raising awareness and providing safe and beneficial solutions through design and practice.
ISG Construction Limited have recognised that dust and other types of air pollution generated on construction projects can have a direct impact on human health to those working on or living nearby to our sites that is why we fully support BOHS with their Breathe Freely Campaign and will endeavour to eliminate where possible or reduce the levels of dust being generated by our activities by careful planning and management of our work.
ISG Construction Limited have recognised that dust and other types of air pollution generated on construction projects can have a direct impact on human health to those working on or living nearby to our sites that is why we fully support BOHS with their Breathe Freely Campaign and will endeavour to eliminate where possible or reduce the levels of dust being generated by our activities by careful planning and management of our work.2
“Environmental Essentials is pleased to fully support the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign.
Protecting our people, our clients and the wider community is central to our company vision.
Minimising the health risk to workers within the construction industry is a constant challenge for us and it is an honour to back this initiative by sharing best practice and raising awareness of harmful dusts such as asbestos.”
GenesisccLtd are delighted to support and promote the Breathe Freely initiative.
We are dedicated to raising awareness of occupational lung disease in construction and committed to assisting clients with the identification, assessment, control and management of health risks.
Orrion Asbestos Ltd
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Canary Wharf Contractors fully support the aims of the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign.
We are committed to ensuring best practice, with regards to occupational lung disease, by looking for all our contractors to employ effective control measures to eliminate or reduce potential exposure.
Alpha Solway are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of PPE and disposable dust respirators.
We are a fully supportive partner of the Breathe Freely campaign and committed to raising awareness of, and reducing occupational lung disease in the construction sector
The Erith Group work hard to improve our reputation as a responsible and sustainable company. We acknowledge the occupational health risks in the construction industry and aim to lead by example in our efforts to raise better awareness and promote best practice. Erith are proud to support the
Breathe Freely campaign and we intend to encourage better wellbeing of our employees and the communities in which we operate.
ATG Health and Safety Consultants are pleased to support the Breathe Freely campaign, and have made it a priority to continue to raise awareness amongst their construction clients of the importance in controlling workers exposure to respiratory hazards.
The Breathe Freely campaign Trade Fact Sheets are a great way to get the message across to workers – and will help them to understand the risks, and what they too can do, as individuals, to help themselves.
The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management is committed to supporting the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign. We believe that our members can play a key role in raising awareness and influencing employers to minimise the health risks to those working in construction.
A professional body with over 8,000 Members, our Vision is for our Members to lead the way in managing risk, safety and health to benefit people and business. www.iirsm.org
At Tiger Scaffolding we are passionate about the health, safety and well-being of our employees – they are the core element of our company’s strength and growth. A healthy, happy, engaged and fit employee makes for a powerful and productive workforce. We want them to know that as their employer, we are committed to taking care of them at work.
For this reason, we are supportive of the Breathe Freely initiative aimed at raising awareness and re-educating the construction sector about the everyday risks which workers may be exposed to, and how we can eliminate and control those risks.
Mark Parkin, Managing Director, Tiger Scaffolding
Face Fit Solutions Wales and West
We often check for updates and information with the BOHS, finding it to be a great source of up to date information. The Breathe Freely campaign was brought to my attention by fellow professional Fit testers. It is perfect for the industry, and one I am pleased to support and make others aware of. Fantastic and keep it up !!
As an asbestos management consultancy, Redhills is wholly committed to helping address and prevent the effects of asbestos exposure. All the work that we carry out is driven by our purpose to keep people safe from harm therefore we feel strongly aligned with the Breathe Freely Campaign and its ambition to control exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in the construction industry.
The Wilkins Safety Group is a leading Health and Safety Consultancy and CDM Specialists.
As a Breathe Freely Partner, the company is fully behind the aim to prevent occupational lung disease in the construction industry, and committed to raising awareness of the workers to ensure they look at health issues in the same way as they do safety. This will be done through training and talking to both management and the men on site.
Firecrest Construction Ltd, undertake to follow the six point framework of good practice as recommended by “The Health In Industry Management Standard”, namely:
Leadership & Commitment - Demonstrate that Worker Health Protection is valued; Risk Assessment - Assess the actual risks to health from workplace activities and substances; Competency, Training & Behaviours - Ensure that every worker is on board, is competent in, and takes ownership of, their own health risk management at work; Planning & Prevention - Eliminate and minimise risks to health early on: design and plan them out wherever possible; Control - Adopt the most effective and appropriate exposure controls to prevent ill health and disease; Programme Management - Manage Worker Health Protection all the time: over the whole site, before and throughout every project, and from the top to the bottom of the company.
5d Compliance is fully committed in there support of the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign, raising awareness and influencing all those directly & indirectly involved within the Construction Industry, reducing occupational lung disease.
Ross Gooding - 5d Compliance Ltd, Risk Management Director
As registered trainers with the UK Asbestos Training Association we give our full support to the Breathe Freely campaign and we will adopt the standard in all our work and encourage our clients to do so also.
Safety Inspections and Training Ltd
Safety Inspections and Training management recognise the importance of highlighting the fatal and incapacitating effects of contaminated atmospheres. Breathe Freely is a professional and very informative portal to get the message across to all the relevant industries, that harmful dust, aerosols, vapours and gases can kill and offer ways to prevent such disabling diseases and fatalities occurring.
The Construction Clients’ Group is the only dedicated client body combining public and private sector clients. We promote best practice and industry improvements by enabling our members to meet and network with other leading clients in pursuit of better value.
One of our Health & Safety Working Group’s objectives is to bring the same focus to health, that safety receives and we are fully behind the Breathe Freely campaign, to prevent occupational cancers and other diseases in the construction industry and to make it a healthier place to work.
JCW are a Floor Screeding installation company who only use pre mixed floor screed on our projects.
We are supporting the Breathe freely campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of preventable occupational diseases site mixing screed and to highlight the respiratory problems dust exposure can cause.
We firmly believe that action is required to reduce the frightening risks of contracting occupational lung disease and respiratory problems
in the construction industry.
Ryebridge Ltd is a well established groundworks and civil engineering company with a good reputation of working for local, regional & national contractors.
The health of our dedicated workforce is our priority and we fully support the Breathe Freely campaign.
Supporting the campaign will help raise awareness of occupational lung disease within our company as well as sharing best practice and implementing effective exposure control
Validate Consulting Ltd is proud to fully support and endorse the Breathe Freely campaign. It demonstrates the need for all parties to come together and to work towards stopping the needless early deaths of so many people.
As a provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education in Safety, Health, Environment and Occupational Hygiene the University of Greenwich is proud to be a partner of this important initiative. Through our links to industry and by educating the next generation of H&S professionals we are committed to putting the health of workers at the top of the agenda.
onePlanet Solutions is a provider of health and safety & environmental solutions to industry, commerce, public sector and professional bodies.
We are committed to promoting knowledge on the exposure to hazardous situations to our own staff and to our clients & to seek to minimise the risks to health and the wider environment. The BOHS Breathe Freely campaign is an important framework for the development and promotion of effective exposure control measures for hazards causing respiratory disease.
Full Support is committed to offering first class training, consultancy services, advice and solutions, to minimise the risk of lung disease by ensuring the adequate and suitable Respiratory Protective Equipment is selected by all of our customers. We are proud to support the Breathe Freely campaign aimed at raising awareness of the causes of lung disease amongst construction workers.
RVT Group provides temporary air quality and environmental control solutions that manage dust, fumes, noise, stale air, heat and moisture in the most critical working environments. RVT's mission is to protect the long term health of people on site and therefore we are proud to be supporting the Breathe Freely campaign as this helps us and our staff to really connect with our 'reason for being’.
Moldex is a leading manufacturer of hearing and respiratory products. We are proud to support the Breathe Freely Campaign and are fully committed to manufacturing good quality products, and to continuing to educate on the importance of wearing the correct RPE.
Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd (AEC) is an independent health & safety consultancy, entering our 20th year. We offer training, consultancy and management services for asbestos, Legionella, occupational hygiene, water hygiene, soils, health & safety and fire safety.
With extensive practical training facilities and UKAS-accredited laboratories in the north and south we have national and overseas coverage and experience. We offer a wide range of training courses, including the full range of BOHS asbestos courses.
We provide highly-trained technical staff to operate on projects for our clients to achieve their workplace safety and environmental goals, including advising on the most appropriate actions for controlling exposures to minimise the risk of occupational lung disease.
J. Murphy & Sons Limited is a leading global, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company, providing a wide range of services to infrastructure sectors including rail, water, power, and natural resources. As such, the company directly employs over 3,500 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives, with health and safety fundamental to our business ethics and practices
The BOHS Breathe Freely campaign is laudable, we support this campaign and encourage all those in the construction industry to prioritise the health of workers and promote best practice by working together.
John Kinirons, Murphy SHESQ director
HSL believes that managing health at work needn’t be any more challenging or expensive than managing safety, yet when it comes to prioritising workplace risk, health usually takes second place. There is much that we can do to prevent work related ill health and the impact it has not only on the individual, but also those closest to them, their workplace and, ultimately, wider society.
We advocate a ‘Complete Worker Health Solutions’ approach and a strong basis of good workplace risk management that integrates wellbeing. This brings about not only a happier, healthier and more productive workforce, but also makes good business sense and further enhances organisational performance.
Ergro Group is a multi-disciplined building services Contractor who specialise in Mechanical & Electrical, Air Conditioning, Building & Fit-out, Installation, Service & Maintenance.
“Having delivered within the construction industry for 25 years, Ergro take pride in embracing the continuous improvement of Health & Safety standards in construction, and never underestimate the importance of the sometimes silent ‘H’ in H&S.
Occupational lung disease is something which we, along with our fellow employers, MUST take seriously, as any risk to the health of our operatives, stakeholders and other supply chain members can be reduced if we work together to raise awareness and raise standards. Support Breathe Freely!”
- Lesley Quinn, Ergro QSHE Director
The Breathe Freely campaign is a great initiative in raising the awareness of the dangers of dust and in providing a resource on how to effectively deal with it in a positive way. As a global company, we have been promoting techniques for controlling dust effectively with high containment cyclone based extractors since 1972. Now there is a real drive to reduce occupational illness in the UK, it is refreshing to see campaigns like this further demonstrating that the construction environment can be a safe and pleasant place to work whilst retaining or even improving productivity.
At No Nonsense CDM Ltd we believe good health and safety management doesn’t happen by accident.
Headed up by Mick Storey, No Nonsense CDM Ltd are based in London and provide no nonsense, down-to-earth and cost effective CDM consultancy in today’s challenging business environment.
We fully endorse the Breathe Freely Campaign to raise awareness of occupational lung disease which supports our work in helping construction clients ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
Vedoni Limited is pleased to support the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign to help raise awareness and reduce lung disease among construction workers.
As a business we strive to source and develop “Wetting” & “Lock Down” coating solutions that will reduce the risks associated with Silica dust and Asbestos fibres. We would like to wish the BOHS Breathe Freely campaign every success in helping to bring about effective exposure control from inhalation hazards causing respiratory disease in the construction industry.
Ben Colbourne, Director
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RVT Group is dedicated to protecting people’s health on site with temporary-environment control.
We understand the pressure on site to get the work done and yet protect everyone with effective control of dust, fumes, noise, and air quality.
We provide specialist equipment, to control on-site health hazards and maintain a productive work environment. We offer a free site survey to every project to ensure that control is targeted and effective.