Construction Dust Partnership
Please can you help to raise awareness about Occupational Lung Disease in construction
Last October HSE ran a construction health inspection initiative. This focussed on lung disease, particularly those caused by asbestos and dust. HSE is going to be running this initiative again between 17th June and 12th July 2019. During this period HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects are following our key messages ‘know the risks’, ‘plan your work’ and ‘use the right controls’.
The communications activity will start on 10th June and continue throughout the initiative period. We would really appreciate it we were able to work with you during that period to help promote this in the following ways:
- Via social media. HSE have produced a resource pack to use as part of this and using the #WorkRight and #Dustbuster
- Issuing your own press notice / article in support of the key messages and promoting good practice
- Linking in with any relevant events already planned such as meetings or presentations
You can follow this link to the resource pack (http://campaigns.hse.gov.uk/hgbww/resources/dustbusters/?utm_source=Partners&utm_medium=Email-CL&utm_campaign=Dustbuster19 ), it will be added to and updated throughout the campaign with new photos and videos to use to promote better management of health risks created by dust.
The Construction Dust Partnership (CDP) is an industry collaboration directly involving many organisations, including the HSE and Safety Groups UK
The CDP aim is to:
“To raise awareness within the construction industry about lung diseases related to hazardous workplace dust and to promote good practice to prevent these diseases, particularly for those undertaking high risk tasks”
The membership has collectively agreed to:
- Target hazardous construction dusts, particularly those that give rise to the greatest risk of lung disease.
- Improve the construction industry’s awareness of the risks of developing lung disease due to the inhalation of these dusts.
- Identify those construction tasks that give rise to the greatest risk to workers developing such conditions.
- Work together to agree and promote proportionate controls to minimise the risks from these high risk tasks.
Those involved believe that a partnership between the regulator and the industry can deliver more of an impact than that which could be achieved by working in isolation. It helps develop innovation, drive improvements and ensure consistency. Agreed priorities can also be targeted and the most effective use made of resources. The partnership is about more than the odd meeting or joint event. Instead it built upon a mutual agenda and close working relationships with those industry representatives who are keen to play a part. For more information on these and other areas see the Q&A document on the Resources page