Regulator now firmly focussed on lung disease and manual handling

The HSE Priorities for construction during 2017 onwards are heavily biased towards action on health risks.

The main priority is to reduce incidents of ill-health, with a focus on occupational lung disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

HSE will deliver the priority by “directing inspection and enforcement at those failing to manage and control health risks during refurbishment “.

Health in Construction Leadership Group – Dust Video

The shift of emphasis to ‘health’ issues is being supported by the industry Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) which has set itself the mission of:

“Uniting the construction industry to eradicate the ill-health and disease caused by exposures to health hazards on building sites… and making “construction the leading industry for occupational health and disease prevention by 2025 – the construction 2025 initiative”

The HCLG website includes a useful short awareness video on construction dust.