HSE Site Inspection – Dust Initiative May-June 2023

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Issued: 11 May 2023

HSE Site Inspection – Dust Initiative May-June 2023 Site inspections across Great Britain start next week

HSE inspection initiative for the construction sector targeting respiratory health risks

How dust is managed on site is a matter of life and death. Construction workers are dying and many more become chronically ill because construction dust can cause serious lung disease. Employers have a legal duty to control dust effectively and protect their workers’ lung health.

Starting next week, HSE will be carrying out a targeted health inspection initiative focusing on the respiratory risks to construction workers from exposure to silica and wood dust. 

Running from Monday 15 May 2023 – Friday 14 July, the inspection initiative and supporting Dust Kills campaign aim to support industry by raising awareness of health issues in relation to dust exposure and the importance of effective control measures to improve the long-term health of those working in construction. 

Are you confident that you have the effective controls in place to protect yourself and your workers?

Dust kills. Act now to protect your future 

Stay safe around construction dust. We have advice for employers, workers and small builders to work safely. You can visit:

  • HSE campaign website Construction Dust – Work Right to keep Britain safe
  • Download HSE dust fact sheets to plan your work, stop dust getting into the air and use the right controls:
  • Construction Dust Information Sheet (CIS 36) (.pdf)
  • Construction Dust Busy Builder Sheet (CIS 78) (.pdf)

For further information about the campaign read the HSE latest press release. 

Follow the campaign on HSE social media channels for more information. You can also join the conversation at #WorkRight.