BOHS, The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is running three regional events this month in conjunction with their “Breathe Freely” campaign.
Occupational lung disease causes significant debilitating ill-health and it is estimated that it is responsible for 13,000 deaths per year in the UK a number of which will have been caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace. The Breathe Freely initiative aims to reduce occupational lung disease by raising awareness of the issues and advising what can be done to combat this.
The BOHS Breath Freely website states “Occupational hygiene is the preventative side of occupational health: recognising the health hazards in the workplace, understanding the real risks these pose to workers’ health, and then controlling their exposures to them. It helps employers and employees to understand the health risks, and then improve working conditions and working practices through suitable, inexpensive, effective and practical exposure control measures.”
As part of the Breathe Freely campaign, three events will be held this month. All are free to attend and are aimed at preventing lung disease in the construction industry. The events are sponsored by Speedy Services and are for anyone in the construction industry who has an interest or is responsible for protecting workers’ health. The details are noted below:-
9th September 2015
8:30am to 11am
Holiday Inn, Lodge Lane, Newton le Willows, Haydock, WA12 0JG
15th September 2015
8:30am to 11am
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel, Grange Road, Falkirk, FK2 0YB
23rd September 2015
4:30pm to 7pm
Mace, 155 Moorgate, London, EC2M 6XB
The Breathe Freely initiative is a collaborative effort with BOHS working in partnership with the HSE, Mace, Land Securities and Constructing Better Health, with sponsorship from Speedy Services. It is estimated that 3,500 people will die due to occupational cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in 2015 with a further 500 estimated to die from exposure to silica dust. It is hoped that these events can reduce these numbers in the future by highlighting that most industrial diseases, particularly those caused by asbestos exposure, can be prevented.
The above events are free to attend but booking is required. If you would like to attend an event please visit the Breathe Freely site for further details http://www.breathefreely.org.uk/events.html.
If you or a family member are concerned about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, please contact us at Asbestos Justice on 0800 038 6767 for expert legal advice.