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Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit - 22 November 2017 - book now!

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Welcome to a special Asthma eBulletin about two upcoming events of interest

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017
QEII Centre, London, SW1P 3EE


Occupational Asthma is one of the key topics on the agenda at the HSE Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

At the event, on November 22nd in London, you'll have the opportunity to hear from and interact with specialists in the fields of exposure control and health surveillance. 

You'll also hear what HSE is doing to tackle occupational lung disease as well as what industry and trade unions are doing to combat a disease that contributes to 12,000 deaths each year.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Course – Health Surveillance & Exposure Control

Tuesday 7 November 2017
HSL Training & Conferences Unit, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JN


HSE Training & Conferences are running a 1 day course on RCS Health Surveillance and Exposure Control on November 7th. 

You'll learn how to deal with background issues, current practice and how things are changing in relation to health surveillance, particularly in light of the new HSE guidance. You will also be provided with information about controlling RCS exposures in the workplace. 

The course is delivered by medical and scientific experts who have direct experience of workers with RCS-related health problems and workplaces where exposure is a significant health risk.



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CONSTRUCTION INFONET - OCTOBER 2017: Construction Sector Plan, Go Home Healthy Campaign, Cost Recovery Dispute Process Fully Independent, Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit, prosecutions, news and events.

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Welcome to the latest edition of Construction Infonet

Construction Infonet is a free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide a regular update on health and safety issues for all in the construction industry.
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In 2016 HSE published  'Helping Great Britain work well' – a new strategy for the health and safety system.  As part of HSE's contribution to that we have now set out our focus over the next 3-5 years in 19 industry sectors and 3 cross-cutting, work-related ill health themes. Construction is one of these sectors. The sector plans have benefited from the input of employers, trade unions and professional bodies.

The plans do not attempt to capture all that HSE does.  Instead, they highlight specific priorities, within an overall framework that captures how we:

           Lead and engage others;

           Sustain an effective regulatory framework (including any implications of the UK's exit from Europe);

           Secure effective management and control of risk through direct interventions with dutyholders;

           Reduce the likelihood of low-frequency, high-impact incidents that have potential for extensive harm to workers and the public.  


HSE is committed to ensuring that everyone should go home healthy from work. The 'Go Home Healthy' Campaign calls for businesses to do the right thing and protect their workers' health.

The focus of the campaign is on HSE's three health priorities. Twelve thousand workers die each year from lung disease. Nine million working days are lost each year because of musculoskeletal disorders. Twelve million working days were lost last year because of stress.

Get involved in the campaign and #WORKRIGHT

Find out how to join in the conversation and download a campaign pack


Disputed invoices raised under fee for intervention (FFI) will now be considered by a fully independent panel. From 1 September, all disputes will be considered by a panel consisting of a lawyer – as chair – and two others who have practical experience of management of health and safety. Previously, disputes were considered by two members from HSE and one independent. This change has been made following a six week public consultation. Find out more information about the FFI dispute process becoming fully independent here.


Healthy Lungs Summit

Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace contributing to an estimated 12,000 deaths a year and thousands more with life limiting conditions. This Summit will describe what you can do about it, what HSE is doing about it, and what science and evidence can tell us. You will benefit from attending if you are an employer, a health and safety professional, an occupational health advisor or a consultant. It will also be of interest to trade and sector bodies, unions and academics and professionals working on workplace lung disease. 

For more details on the Summit that is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 22nd November visit HSL's Events Page or email healthylungs@hsl.gsi.gov.uk.


A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice.


Contractor sentenced after householder exposed to asbestos

Waste removal contractor fined after asbestos concerns

Further information

Asbestos health and safety


Company and director sentenced after worker left seriously injured

Further information


Construction Safety Topic - Overhead power lines


Self-employed builder sentenced after gas explosion seriously injures two people

Building company fined after breaching gas safety laws

Two construction companies fined after carbon monoxide enters property

Further information

Domestic gas health and safety

Hand arm vibration (HAVS)

Council fined after worker diagnosed with HAVS

Further information

Managing Construction Health Risks - Vibration

Hazards at work

Construction company and project manager fined after multiple safety failings

Further information

Principal contractors: roles and responsibilities

Provision and Use of Work Equipment

Demolition company and director sentenced after worker injured

Further information

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Roofwork/ Working at height

Company fined after scaffold collapse

Company fined after fall from height leaves joiner paralysed

Bakery fined after the death of contractor

Roofing contractor given suspended prison sentence

Construction worker suffers fracture to his back after a fall from height

Contractor receives suspended prison sentence after worker seriously injured

Construction company fined after worker fell from height

Builder fined after father and son are seriously injured in fall from height

Further information

Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

Construction Safety Topic - Working at height

Free leaflet - Fragile roofs

Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a busy builder, contractor or maintenance worker

Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a building owner, user or managing agent

Construction Safety Topic: Scaffold checklist

Construction Safety Topic: Tower scaffolds


Scaffold Inspectors prosecuted after worker falls from height

Further information

Construction Safety Topic: Scaffold checklist

Vehicles at work

Company fined after worker suffers crush injuries

Further information

Construction Safety Topic - Traffic management on site

Construction Safety Topic - Mobile plant and vehicles

Vulnerable Workers

Former bakery director sentenced after worker falls and dies

Further information

Vulnerable workers

Construction Safety Topic - Working at height



Updated online Asbestos Essentials for Non-Licensed work with asbestos

Asbestos Essentials online task sheets provide information for those in the building maintenance and allied trades on safe work with asbestos.  The suite of free-to-download HSE Asbestos Essentials task sheets has been reviewed and updated.  Click on the link to find out more.

HSE Training

Please visit our website for the full list of training courses we offer.

HSL eBulletin – Exposure Assessment and Control


Not enough being done to tackle work-related ill-health, say GB's business leaders


HSE is recruiting

We need experienced engineers and professionals dedicated to improving health and safety. Together their work has substantial impact, helping to protect people from risks, whether in chemical plants and construction sites or oil and gas facilities.

Find out more and view our list of available vacancies.


WWT events

Improve the health and safety of your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most of the Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice.

20th November 2017 – Design Awareness Day, Truro

24th November 2017 – FREE Mental Health in the Workplace Event, Leeds

Find your nearest WWT Group and get involved.

Visit the HSE website to find out more about national events, conferences and HSL training.

Other events

BOHS Breathe Freely In Construction Breakfast Roadshows

  • November 15th, London, The Hallam 

Register your place now and find out full details about the events.



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