In the construction industry health protection has long been the poor relation to accident prevention. And yet the burden of ill-health caused by workplace exposures is significant.
Connect Plus has come together with its One Community partners to tackle this issue through a collaborative initiative called Healthier Highways. Our aim is make workplaces healthier on the M25.
These pages provide a growing resource of information to enable everyone to Stay Wise l Reduce Risk l Protect Health.
Many ill-health effects don’t occur until years after you’re exposed. So it’s important to understand health hazards and their potential effects. Healthier highways provides you with the information you need to spot the hazards and protect your self from the risks to your health.
First we need to properly assess health risk. This is where measurement of exposures comes in. Occupational hygienists are experts in measuring and understanding workplace exposures.
Once an issue is identified our occupational hygienists will work with you to recommend and implement appropriate improvements in health risk controls.
To be effective controls have to be used correctly and consistently. That’s where training and support comes in. We work with our workforce to engage and involve them in this process.
Only in this way can health protection be improved.
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that 13,000 people die each year from work-related causes and 99% of these are caused by occupational ill-health. In the construction industry there are estimated to be 79,000 new or long-standing ill-health cases, 3,500 cancer deaths, and 5500 new cancer cases each year.
Occupational Hygiene is all about protecting people from workplace health risks. These are the risks the workplace itself creates. Occupational Hygienists are qualified in many aspects of science, engineering, medicine, ergonomics and management. They specialise in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace health risks.