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Breathing Space: Protecting workers from respiratory disease

Breathing Space: Protecting workers from respiratory disease

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Every day millions of people are exposed to dust, dirt, fumes and dangerous substances while carrying out their jobs, resulting in thousands of deaths every year due to occupational lung disease. Campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of respiratory diseases, such as those being run by British Safety Council and British Occupational Hygiene Society,…

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Safety in the construction industry

Safety in the construction industry

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The annual Safety in Construction Show serves as a timely reminder of the hazards and challenges faced by those working on construction and civil engineering sites. Construction, along with agriculture, annually tops the list of industries accounting for the greatest number of fatalities, averaging 39 deaths a year. In many cases the provision and enforcement…

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How to safely manage dangerous substances

How to safely manage dangerous substances

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The five most dangerous substances that workers in Europe are exposed to have been named as silica, asbestos, solvents, non-infectious biological agents and wood dust. This is one of the main conclusions of a recent study conducted by the Institute of Occupational Medicine and commissioned by EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at…

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How to meet new rules on exposure to welding fumes

How to meet new rules on exposure to welding fumes

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The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) new enforcement expectation regarding the control of exposure to welding fumes, including that for mild steel welding, came into force in February, following scientific evidence that suggests exposure to mild steel fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer. The HSE subsequently reclassified these fumes as a human…

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