Construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, approximately 3,500 will die from cancer caused by past exposures to asbestos, 500 more from silica dust, another 5,500 will be diagnosed with occupational cancer, and – today alone – an unknown but significant number will breathe in the hazardous substances that will one day seriously affect their health or kill them (BOHS, 2015).
Workers Health Ltd, as a member of CBH, was pleased to be invited to the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s (BOHS) Breathe Freely campaign which was held on Tuesday 28th April 2015 – Worker Memorial Day.
BOHS has launched this new initiative in partnership with Constructing Better Health, Land Securities and Mace, due to the extremely high risks of contracting lung disease and cancers in the construction industry. The aim of this initiative being to reduce the incidence of occupational lung disease in the construction industry.
This is a collaborative initiative, targeted specifically at managers and site supervisors within the construction industry. The aim is not just to raise awareness of the problem but also to effect action by providing practical solutions through sharing of best practice and encouraging implementation of effective exposure control.
Through this campaign, BOHS will highlight the continuing need to value our construction workforce whose lives are at constant risk of lung disease, often fatally.
To find out more about the Breathe Freely Campaign objectives and supporters please read the official press release here http://www.bohs.org/#