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HSE dust blitz

A new HSE campaign is set to tackle the dangers of site dust, as it targets the construction industry with a specific focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease

HSE inspectors will be visiting construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in place to protect their workers' lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust. They will specifically be looking for evidence of construction workers knowing the risk, planning their work and using the right controls.

The construction dust blitz will last throughout October.  You can become a #DustBuster and show your support for the campaign by downloading free selfie cards and sending HSE your photos via the #DustBuster and #WorkRight hashtags on Twitter at @H_S_E, or on Facebook via @hsegovuk and @SaferSites. HSE says it will retweet and repost the best ones, so you could go viral!

Chief inspector of construction at HSE, Peter Baker said: "Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are killed in construction accidents.

"Annually, work-related cancers, mainly linked to asbestos and silica, are estimated to kill 3,500 people from the industry. Thousands of others suffer life-changing illnesses from their work.

"We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust or disturbing asbestos by working in different ways.

"We want to see construction firms encouraging their workers to firstly keep the dust down and wear the right mask and clothing.

"Ultimately, we want construction workers' lungs to be protected from ill health, so they can go home healthy to their families and enjoy long careers in this important industry."

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