A leading health and safety organisation is launching a campaign to raise awareness of workers’ respiratory health, with company bosses and health and safety advisers being urged to go.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is bringing together experts from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health and Safety Laboratory and the private sector to encourage employers to consider the issue, which kills thousands of people a year.
The seminar will cover topics such as employers’ responsibilities, respiratory health effects, control measures and health checks.
Awareness of workplace respiratory illness
According to HSE statistics, 13,000 people die each year from occupational lung disease and cancers, while many more have to suffer the after effects of exposure to chemicals, dust and other airborne contaminants at work.
IOSH’s new campaign aims to make employers aware of their responsibility to ensure good respiratory health among their staff.
However, employees must also be aware of the risks and of their employer’s responsibility towards their health.
If risks are not monitored and averted, then a worker’s health could be put at risk.
Respiratory diseases and worker compensation
Failing to pay enough attention to workplace respiratory health can lead to health problems such as black lung disease, fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and cancer.
Jill Joyce, senior policy and research adviser at IOSH, said breathing in dust and fumes is the cause of lung problems in thousands of workers each year.
People who may be exposed to airborne contaminants in their line of work should watch out for breathlessness, chest pains, bad coughs and black saliva.
Employees who are affected by these symptoms often need clinical and financial assistance to get their lives back on track, something which Accident Advice Helpline can assist with.
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If you’re suffering from an illness caused by your work conditions, AAH can help you win compensation.
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Date Published: October 21, 2014
Author: David Brown