The HSE have released a statement outlining an initiative taking place during October 2020. The initiative is focused on respiratory safety and in particular Face Fit Testing, it is likely during this time that many construction sites will receive visits from the HSE to check that employers and employees are following the guidelines.
The following is taken from the HSE website:
Details of the Initiative:
- The initiative will run from Monday 5 – Friday 30 October
- As with previous health inspection initiatives, the focus will be on respiratory risks.
- COVID-security is a critical health risk and will also be covered by the initiative.
- The purpose of this initiative is twofold:
(i) To support HSE’s continuing strategy to improve the health of construction workers.
(ii) To align with the wider government agenda to get people back to workplaces safely and so support economic recovery.
- This is not a one-off initiative but is part of HSE’s wider-phased, strategic plan developed to improve health within the construction industry.
- HSE undertook two construction-specific respiratory risk inspection initiatives in 2019, accompanied by awareness raising activity through HSE’s Go Home Healthy brand and promoting campaign key messages. Those initiatives built on previous work going back several years, including engagement with wider industry initiatives. There is also other, related stakeholder work ongoing, including CECA’s Stop Make a Change 2020 campaign and the Asbestos Leadership Group.
- This initiative is part of HSE’s response to the recommendation within the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) For Respiratory Health’s recent report Silica – the next asbestos?, that a targeted industry awareness campaign is developed and implemented for those at risk of developing silicosis.