Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors began a targeted inspection, on the 3rd October, focusing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used.
These inspections will check whether employers and workers know the risks involved when dealing with silica and ensure that businesses have control measures in place to protect workers’ respiratory health.
Prolonged exposure to airborne particles of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can lead to life-changing respiratory conditions such as silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer, warns Britain’s workplace regulator.
HSE’s Chief Medical Adviser, Professor David Fishwick explains more about silicosis in this short video.
Employers have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety and ensure they comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).
If any health and safety breaches are discovered, HSE will take enforcement action to make sure workers’ health is protected.
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