HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative from 5th October – 30th October. The initiative will continue to focus on health, in particular the respiratory risks and COVID-19 security.
The purpose of the initiative is to support the HSE’s continuing strategy to improve the health of construction workers and to align with the wider government agenda to get people back to workplaces safely.
Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a real risk to your lungs. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations say you must protect against the risk from hazardous construction dusts.
Regularly breathing in construction dust can cause diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease. Construction workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because many common construction tasks can create high dust levels.
The HSE has guidance on their website on making workplaces COVID-secure. They give an overview of the steps employers can take to protect people in the workplace.