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HSE LUNG DISEASE SUMMIT TARGETS SILICA DUST (RCS)

Regulator starts major initiative on lung disease in construction

HSE is to host a major Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London SW1P 3EE.

The regulator is concerned that lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace contributing to an estimated 12,000 deaths a year and thousands more with life limiting conditions.

Workplace lung disease is therefore one of the key topics in the HSE Health and Work Strategy. The construction sector is being targeted with respect to respirable crystalline silica dust (RCS) e.g. released when cutting paving slabs and kerbs.

Benefits of Attending

The Summit will describe what you can be done to eliminate and reduce the risk, what HSE is doing, and what science and evidence can tell us. HSE believe the benefits of attending are:

  • HSE Views – hear the HSE position on occupational lung disease, what the regulator is going to be doing and what HSE expect others to do;
  • Risk Elimination and Reduction – obtain a better understanding of how to achieve effective control of exposure in practice;
  • Business Case – understand the business case for improved control of risk and hear directly about the human consequences of failure; and
  • Sharing Ideas – engage with others facing the same challenges – learning from those within your sector and from other sectors regarding good practice and how to engage others for behaviour and attitude change

The afternoon sessions will focus on occupational asthma and respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and will include applying the best control solutions; designing out problems, behavioural interventions and reducing reliance on RPE.

HSE believe the summit will be of interest to employers, trades unions, health and safety advisors, academics and other health and safety professionals

 Key industry sectorsconstruction, stone working, metal fabrication, bakeries, woodworking and quarries.

 

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