UK Asbestos Training Association pledge their support to the Health & Safety Executive’s Occupational Lung Disease Initiative
Last October the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ran a construction health inspection initiative which focused on lung disease, particularly those caused by asbestos and dust. HSE is going to be running this initiative again between 17th June and 12th July 2019. During this period HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects are following our key messages ‘know the risks’, ‘plan your work’ and ‘use the right controls’.
In a bid to raise awareness about occupational lung disease in construction, UKATA members have been encouraged to participate in the campaign by promoting to colleagues, training delegates, via social media and marketing initiatives.
According to the most recent annual HSE Statistics, over 5000 people die from asbestos each year. 20% of all Occupational Lung Disease deaths are asbestos-related lung cancers and a further 20% are Mesothelioma deaths.
UKATA Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans stated that “Following the support from UKATA members in 2018, we have been able to encourage participation again this year by offering marketing packs with ways in which they can support the initiative.
He continued with “As a leading authority for asbestos training provision within the UK, we look to promote this campaign the best we can on behalf of the HSE to encourage a safe and healthier workplace”
All UKATA Members, who provide asbestos training throughout the UK, are invited to participate and support the campaign by showing their support on Social Media by tagging in @H_S_E in along with using the #Dustbsuter and #WorkRight hashtags in their posts on twitter. Alternatively, you can pledge your support via Facebook using @hsegovuk
You can download the free #Dustbuster resources below and submit your selfies here: