Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in industry

Breathe Freely in Construction

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Press release: 1st May 2015

 

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Breathe Freely initiative launches to a packed audience, getting off to a tremendous start.

Press release: 01st May 2015

 

 

On 28th April, 2015, over 140 invited guests gathered at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London for the launch of Breathe Freely. Those present were representing  construction companies, trade associations, professional bodies, unions, the media and the occupational hygiene community.

The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of lung disease amongst construction workers. The tremendous turnout for the launch and the positive atmosphere in the room is a clear indication that there is growing awareness of the urgent need for a stronger focus on health within the industry.

This campaign aims to not only raise awareness that there is a problem which needs addressing, but also, provide the solutions. At the heart of the initiative is the HI (Health in Industry) Standard which is a tool to help construction managers to understand how to control health risks properly.

Speakers at the event included Professor David Fishwick, Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Centre for Workplace Health, University of Sheffield. David gave a poignant talk about the nature of lung disease and how they manifest themselves. He left the audience with this message ‘You only have two lungs – look after them’. David’s slides include a clip from an interview with an ex-welder who contracted asthma through his work – an emotional insight which brings home what this campaign is all about – preventing others from suffering in this way. Slides and video are in the downloadable Powerpoint presentation on the left of this page.

Clive Johnson is Group Head of Health and Safety with Land Securities. As a campaign Partner, Land Securities have been instrumental in bringing this campaign to fruition and Clive Johnson talked about his personal passion now for improving standards in health within the sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Waterman OBE spoke next, offering an insight into some of the successful projects he has been involved in including the Olympic Park project which had a phenomenal record of health as well as safety.  Lawrence is a respected occupational hygienist and his successes are evidence that the solutions are there and there is good practice we can all learn from; through this campaign we aim to share this and raise standards across the industry.

The final speaker was Mike Slater, Chartered Occupational Hygienist and President of BOHS. Mike has led on the delivery of this initiative and Mike summed up what it aims to achieve and then issued a ‘call to arms’ to the people in the room to support this, by:

  1. Signing up to and adopting the HI Standard
  2. Becoming an official campaign supporter
  3. Working with us to develop more case studies of good practice
  4. Helping to spread the word and cascade the information and messages to other contractors and sub contractors across the industry, encouraging them to sign up too.

 

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Constructing Better Health Logo : http://www.cbhscheme.com/ : CBH is a non-profit membership scheme dedicated to help the Construction Industry
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Land Securities Logo: http://www.landsecurities.com/
http://www.macegroup.com/ ; Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, offering highly integrated services.

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