HSE is calling on members of the public to perform acts of kindness that will remind builders to take care of their health on Valentine’s day.
Aimed at raising awareness of asbestos and the serious risks to health that exposure causes, HSE wants members of the public to tweet HSE using the #WorkRight and #WeCare hashtags about the little things they are doing for the construction workers in their lives, or those they come across.
“HSE hopes that by builders seeing these messages, even if they’re from a stranger, it will encourage them to reflect and take workplace health and safety more seriously,” says the regulator.
HSE is currently inspecting construction sites across London focused on management of asbestos. Inspectors are specifically looking for evidence of construction workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls when it comes to working with asbestos to protect them from exposure.
HSE’s Andy Gay, acting chief inspector of construction said: “We are hoping the acts of kindness will remind builders to use the right controls and protect themselves from asbestos because there are people out there who care and would be affected if they became ill or developed cancer later in life.
“Asbestos remains one of the biggest risks to construction workers’ health with 3,500 people from the industry dying each year as a result of work-related cancers, linked mainly to asbestos exposure.
"Our inspectors are out visiting sites at the moment to ensure employers and workers are taking the necessary steps to protect against asbestos exposure."
Follow the campaign on Twitter at @H_S_E, on Facebook @hsegovuk and @SaferSites. You can also join the conversation by using #WorkRight and #WeCare
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