Dust Health and Safety Hazards – What You Need to Know
HSE inspections in the construction sector in October and November will focus on how workers are moving heavy or bulky materials. This is part of the HSE’s ‘Work Right Construction: Your heath. Your future‘ campaign.
From 3 October 2022, HSE site inspections will check that employers and workers know the risks, plan their work and are using sensible control measures to protect workers from:
These are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
It is estimated that 40,000 construction workers suffered work-related MDSs last year. These injuries can seriously impact a worker’s ability to perform tasks, stay in work and earn a living, as well as impacting their quality of life as individuals often suffer long-term pain and discomfort.
As an employer you must protect your workers from getting hurt or ill through work. If you don’t the HSE could:
Working days lost through MSDs have significant financial implications for businesses, as well as the time to recruit and train replacement workers when needed.
MSDs injuries usually occur from repetitive moving of heavy or bulky materials and the posture during lifting. So managing these daily activities effectively is key.
Employers must comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. This set of regulations provide a hierarchy of measures on how to manage the risk of harm from manual handling:
Wider advice from the HSE includes:
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