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UKATA Supports HSE’s WorkRight Campaign


Starting Monday 4 October, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are running a month-long inspection initiative supported by the UK’s leading asbestos training association.

HSE inspectors across the UK will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch with the focus being on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. The inspectors will be looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect their workers lungs from construction dust including wood dust, silica, and asbestos.

The initiative will be supported by the HSE’s WorkRight campaign, aimed to influence employer behaviour by encouraging builders to download the free information and guidance the HSE have available, increasing knowledge and capability to protect health.

There are over 5,000 asbestos-related disease deaths each year with 2,369 mesothelioma deaths in 2019 and a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past asbestos exposure in the UK. There were also 490 asbestosis deaths in the same year.

There are over 600 deaths per year with 450 of these occurring from exposures to RCS (respirable crystalline silica) in the construction sector. Exposure to RCS can cause silicosis and lung cancer.

In total, more than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost.

To continue to raise awareness around the dangers of asbestos, UKATA will be promoting the campaign on their social media platforms and will invite all its members in the UK to join in on the conversation using #WorkRight.

Established in 2008, UKATA is a highly respected, leading authority on asbestos training. Its passion is to both maintain and improve asbestos training, ensuring the highest standards are upheld by means of continual quality assessment.

UKATA continuously works within current legislation as a minimum, whilst collaborating with industry partners to ensure that the UK has the highest standards of asbestos safety.

UKATA freely shares knowledge and information both online and across social media, demonstrating that education remains their top priority.

For more information about the campaign, please click below:

HSE Workright Information

Published on Tuesday 28th September 2021