HSE Launch New Asbestos Campaign

HSE has launched a new campaign aimed at tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, to give guidance on where asbestos is found and what to do and what not to do if it is found.

CSCS Smart Cards for Construction

IOSH and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme’s (CSCS) new agreement will hopefully make it easier for workers to gain access to construction sites, as problems have been arising for companies that insist that everyone accessing their sites must carry a CSCS card. Individuals have been denied access as they do not have a card, even when they are not directly […]

Safe Digging Is Not Enough

It has been declared in front of around 125 construction leaders by Terry Morgan, Crossrail’s chairman; Paul Sheffield, Kier’s former chief executive; and Dennis Curran, Barhale’s executive chairman, that the amount of injury and damage occurring from working around underground services is unacceptable, unnecessary and cannot go on. They have launched a free-to-download “safe digging is not enough” […]

The Construction Dust Partnership

The Construction Dust Partnership (CDP) was created by HSE due to an investigation showing that many construction workers were at a risk of developing diseases such as lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. The partnership raises awareness and promotes the prevention of the health risks caused by construction dust.

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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations

It is 25 years since the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations came info force. Risk assessment has always been a cornerstone of COSHH, but one change which is often highlighted is the introduction of control banding – a technique used to guide the assessment and management of workplace risks. Maximum exposure limits and occupational […]

Bad Air Day Website

There is a new ‘Bad Air Day’ Website. The Welding Fume Team is a  group brought together by HSE, with the aim of promoting awareness and highlighting the potential risks to respiratory health from exposure to welding and thermal cutting fume.  www.badairday.info