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HSE – Managing health risks in the woodworking sector

Mar 22, 2022 | Health Surveillance, Lung Function Testing, News, Occupational Health

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HSE – Managing health risks in the woodworking sector

Every year in the UK, around 12,000 people die from lung diseases linked to past exposure to hazardous substances at work.

This includes inhalation of wood dust that can cause occupational asthma and, in the case of hardwoods, sinonasal cancer.

From April 2022, HSE Inspectors will be visiting woodworking businesses across Great Britain to ensure duty holders know the risks associated with woodworking, including wood dust, and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health.

Inspectors will be looking for evidence that employers have considered the control measures required to reduce workers’ exposure to wood dusts, that workers understand that exposure to wood dusts can damage their long-term respiratory health and that effective control measures are in place to protect workers from harm.

Inspectors will use enforcement when necessary to make sure workers are protected.

For the full HSE article click here.

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Ray Hurst
October 16, 2018

President of IOSH 2008, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

I am pleased that you are helping dispel some of the dafter myths that surround OH&S (a passion you and I clearly have in common) and the item clearly indicates that as with so many of our professional colleagues you are not about stopping fun on the pretext of H&S. It is only with the help of people such as yourself that we will eventually get the message across that OH&S is about bringing (as you so aptly put it) purpose and value to peoples lives

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