Construction bosses are being invited to attend a seminar on the dangers of dust, which can lead to industrial disease if employees are not protected well enough.
Every year, around 500 workers die from the effects of inhaling dust from materials such as concrete, wood, mortar, gypsum or sandstone and many more suffer serious health problems.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is holding a half-day event in Coalville, Leicestershire, to raise awareness among managers, supervisors and operatives of the effects of dust and the simple steps that can be taken to control it.
Practical sessions and demonstrations organised by campaign group Working Well Together will focus on extraction systems, water suppression and respiratory protective equipment.
Chris Lucas, of HSE’s health risk management unit, will be speaking at the event on September 20.
He said: “Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a serious risk to workers’ health. Regularly breathing in even small amounts of dust over a long time can cause life-changing and life-threatening lung diseases, including cancer.
“Common jobs like cutting or grinding concrete, chasing out mortar, drilling in enclosed spaces or sanding wood can be high risk if not properly controlled.”
Anyone who would like to find out more can download a free information sheet from the hse.gov.uk website.
If you are suffering from the effects of industrial disease, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline to see whether you are eligible for compensation, or try the 30-second compensation calculator.
The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety, which aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.