HSE’s Inspection plan 2017-18

The purpose of this year’s Inspection Programme is to target sectors where substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis are regularly used, produced or process generated, to ensure the risks are properly managed. Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.

From July to September inspectors will be targeting sites that carry out woodworking processes looking at wood dust and local exhaust ventilation controls.

Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers and hardwood dust can cause sino-nasal cancer.

Settled dust contains the fine particles that are most likely to damage the lungs.

Information on controlling the risks from these processes can be found through the inspection programme link above. The topics inspectors are concentrating on can be found on HSE’s Website.