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HSE Site Inspections Focus on Respiratory Risks

This year, 2022, HSE announced they are focusing one of their targeted inspection initiatives on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease.

HSE are looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from construction dust including silica, asbestos and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health & safety strategy, to improve health within the Construction Industry. 

In particular HSE have announced that they will be inspecting manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silicon are used. When these materials are processed in manufacturing respirable crystalline silica (RCS) particles become airborne. These particles, when breathed in, can cause irreversible lung damage. 

Find out more about what HSE are looking for and the impacts of these respiratory risks in workers health, in the HSE’s latest eBulletin.

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