Lung disease linked to past exposure to hazards in the workplace still accounts for around 12,000 preventable deaths each year in the UK alone.
With greater awareness, education and improved controls observed in the workplace these deaths could be completely avoided.
To help raise awareness of what constitutes an airborne hazard in the workplace, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a year-long campaign targeting the dangers of dust, in the Dust Kills Campaign.
“Dust particles can be 100 times smaller than a grain of sand. You don’t need to see them to breathe them in. Once in your lungs, dust will start causing damage.
“Exposure to dust can lead to severe breathing difficulties and lung diseases that can ruin lives and cause an early death.”
It can take years before the damage is visible and by then it can be too late. Make sure you are aware of the risks and work in ways that always protect your lung health.
One control measure used to prevent exposure to airborne hazards in the workplace is the use of Respiratory Protective Equipment, also known as RPE.
Full Support Healthcare has been protecting global health for over 20 years, leading the way in RPE and PPE education through first-class training, product innovation and supply.
As a registered member of the BSIF Safety Supplier Scheme, with a team of Fit2Fit accredited trainers, you can be sure you will be supplied with genuine, appropriately approved product and sound advice.
For more information on respiratory hazards in the workplace and RPE, get in touch.