The Considerate Constructors Scheme is delighted to support the Breathe Freely
campaign launched by BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society).
A breath of fresh air for the
The collaborative initiative,
led by BOHS in partnership
with key construction industry
organisations, provides life-saving
guidance, tools and resources
to help prevent workers from
contracting lung disease.
Launched at the end of April, the
lifesaving campaign aims to reduce
the predicted 3500 needless deaths
this year to workers exposed to
lethal asbestos fibres in the past.
It is also estimated that a further
500 workers will die as a result of
inhaling silica dust and a further
5500 will be diagnosed with
Forearmed is forewarned – and
the Breathe Freely initiative aims
to educate the whole industry
through its ‘HI Standard’ – which
employers can adopt to ensure
their working practices are as risk-
free as possible.
Spearheaded by BOHS, in
partnership with Constructing
Better Health, Land Securities,
Mace and the Health and Safety
Executive [HSE], Breathe Freely is
targeted specifically at managers
within the industry.
The aim is not just to raise
awareness of the problem but
also to inspire action by providing
practical solutions through the
sharing of best practice and
encouragement of effective
Key to the campaign is providing
the information, resources and
highlighting the relevant advice
Edward Hardy, Chief Executive
of the Considerate Constructors
Scheme said: “Valuing the
construction industry workforce
by caring for their health and
wellbeing is firmly embedded in
the Scheme’s Code of Considerate
Practice, which is why we
wholeheartedly support the
Breathe Freely Campaign.
“We applaud BOHS for helping to
prevent the needless illnesses and
deaths to construction workers
whose daily work can put them
at high risk of contracting lung
disease from exposure to invisible
BOHS will also be participating in
this year’s ITIOC event, hosted by
the Scheme. For more information,
please see page 8.
Some of the most
common substances known
to cause occupational asthma
are used in or generated by everyday
isocyanates, solder and colophony fume, stainless steel
welding fumes, and wood dusts.
* ‘Occupational lungdisease in theUK- the facts’, July2014,
aBOHS reviewof theexistingevidenceaboutprevalenceand incidenceofoccupational lungdisease in theUK.
and deaths in the
UK construction sector*
Exposures at work are a major cause of lung disease in the UK.
The risks from working in construction are greater
than for any other sector.
in theconstruction industry
TheChartered Society for
129,000 total cases
13,000 new cases
29 new cases
per 100,000 workers
of the respiratory system
7,000 deaths a year
COPD (Chronic Obstructive
4,000 deaths per year
16% of adult-onset
are caused by
is among the
The UK construction sector has the largest number
of reported cases of occupational lung disease
of any industrial sectorClick here
to find out more
about Breathe Freely.