BOHS: Breathe Freely - Regional events
Breathe Freely – and for free! Three not-to-miss regional events on preventing lung disease in construction for construction managers.
BOHS is running three, free to attend, regional events in September, on preventing lung disease in the construction industry. Sponsored by Speedy Services, these are part of the Breathe Freely initiative, and are aimed at anyone in construction with an interest in, or responsibility for, protecting workers' health.
Dates and locations
9 September 2015, 8.30am - 11.00am Breakfast is provided!
Holiday Inn, Lodge Lane, Newton Le Willows, Haydock, WA12 0JG
15 September 2015, 8.30am - 11.00am Breakfast is provided!
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel, Grange Road, Falkirk FK2 0YB
23 September 2015, 4.30pm - 7pm
Mace, 155 Moorgate, London EC2M 6XB
It's no secret that construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, it is estimated that approximately 3,500 will die from occupational cancer caused by past exposure to asbestos, another 500 will die from exposure to silica dust and in addition, 5,500 new cases of occupational cancer will be reported. But there is a solution: most of these industrial diseases can be prevented – by recognising the real hazards, evaluating the risks of being exposed to them, and then effectively controlling those exposures.
BOHS is leading Breathe Freely in partnership with the HSE, Mace, Land Securities and Constructing Better Health, with sponsorship from Speedy Services. This is a collaborative initiative which is providing free information, resources and signposting to the advice and expertise that is needed to help raise standards and keep them high.
At each of these events, speakers from BOHS, HSE and industry will talk about:
- The scale of the problem – and who's at risk;
- An overview of the main hazards, how to identify them and, importantly, how they can be controlled;
- Practical advice and tools to take away and use in the workplace to help improved standards in how worker health is being protected;
- Good practice, with case studies from across the sector;
- The related disciplines of occupational hygiene, occupational health and wellbeing and how they can and should fit together.