In the UK, asbestos is the biggest occupational disease risk to construction workers, with two thirds of cancer deaths in the industry caused by asbestos.
Employers are obliged by law to control their worker’s risk from exposure to hazardous substances.By protecting workers effectively now, can prevent severe, often incurable, lung-related health problems in the future. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to assess and manage the risk to your workers, if they could be exposed to hazardous substances.
Some of the common hazardous substances include the following:
- Silica dust – found in stone, rock, sand and clays
- Welding fumes
- Flour dust
- Wood dust
Worldwide, asbestos is the biggest cause of occupational cancer, with 70% of the world still illegally using asbestos, particularly within construction, ship building, and the automotive industry.
Find out more about protecting your worker’s health, getting competent advice and finding a consultant or advisor on HSE’s website.