Lifting the load: Reducing the
burden of occupational disease in
the UK
Mike Slater
BOHS President 2014/15
On Sunday 13th April 2014 there was
a two page spread in the Observer
On the next day this happened …….
• 39 fatal injuries
to workers in
Construction in
2012/13
But accident statistics
don’t tell the full story
Here this worker is exposed to dust containing silica that
presents a serious risk to his health
Exposure to respirable silica dust can cause silicosis – a
serious lung disease that can be fatal
and lung cancer
• About 3 700
occupational
cancer cases in
construction
• over 500 workers
believed to die
from exposure to
silica dust
• 31 000 new
cases of work-
related ill health
There are currently
approximately 13,000
deaths each year due
to occupational
diseases in the whole
of industry
13,000 people per year equates to 36 people per
day, but we don’t hear anything about it in the news
148 workers died in accidents at work
99%
health
Approx 12,000 died from work related disease
148 workers died in accidents at work
An estimated 1.1 million
people who worked in
2011/12 were suffering
from a work-related illness
What are the main causes
of occupational ill health in
Great Britain?
Almost 5000 deaths per year are
attributable to asbestos exposure
Silica released during stone cutting activities
Source: HSE
Here we can see a stonemason who is
exposed to dust containing...
Silica released during stone cutting activities
Source: HSE
Around 1000 new cancer cases per year
due to silica exposure
Fume from processes like this one can
lead to COPD (Chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease)
Now you see it
The paint in this example contains
solvents and isocyanates, a major cause
of occupational asthma
Bakers are about
80 times more
likely to develop
occupational
asthma than the
average British
worker
Many workers can be exposed to diesel
exhaust emissions – a known carcinogen
Approx 1000 cancer cases every year due
to exposure to diesel exhaust emissions at
work
Workers manufacturing pharmaceutical products can
be exposed to highly toxic dusts
Recycling
Here workers can be exposed to a wide range of hazardous
such as lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals, ...
Fracking
Fracking has been in the news due to environmental
concerns, but the process can also lead to workers being
expos...
And it’s not just chemical agents
Here exposure to noise can cause deafness and
vibration from the power tool can cause ne...
Recognise Evaluate Control
Occupational Hygiene
Recognise Evaluate Control
Occupational Hygiene
Prevention
Engineering
Work practices
PPE
Employers
Have the key role in preventing ill health
due to work
HSE
Government
Employers
Trade Unions
Professionals
But others have a role to play too
“HSE .. (should continue) .. to
seek new and innovative
ideas for interventions that
maximise its impact on the
continuing...
HSE
Government
Employers
Trade Unions
Professionals
http://www.bohs.org
Occupational Hygienists have the knowledge
and skills to help employers find solutions
http://www.bohs.org/OHServices-directory/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pTnkODfIHad5s9dpuPrpw?feature=watch
President@bohs.org
http://www.bohs.org
Twitter: @bohsworld
http://www.slideshare.net/mikeslater
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
Lifting the load - reducing the burden of occupational disease in the uk
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  1. 1. Lifting the load: Reducing the burden of occupational disease in the UK Mike Slater BOHS President 2014/15
  2. 2. On Sunday 13th April 2014 there was a two page spread in the Observer
  3. 3. On the next day this happened …….
  4. 4. • 39 fatal injuries to workers in Construction in 2012/13
  5. 5. But accident statistics don’t tell the full story
  6. 6. Here this worker is exposed to dust containing silica that presents a serious risk to his health
  7. 7. Exposure to respirable silica dust can cause silicosis – a serious lung disease that can be fatal
  8. 8. and lung cancer
  9. 9. • About 3 700 occupational cancer cases in construction
  10. 10. • over 500 workers believed to die from exposure to silica dust
  11. 11. • 31 000 new cases of work- related ill health
  12. 12. There are currently approximately 13,000 deaths each year due to occupational diseases in the whole of industry
  13. 13. 13,000 people per year equates to 36 people per day, but we don’t hear anything about it in the news
  14. 14. 148 workers died in accidents at work
  15. 15. 99% health Approx 12,000 died from work related disease 148 workers died in accidents at work
  16. 16. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness
  17. 17. What are the main causes of occupational ill health in Great Britain?
  18. 18. Almost 5000 deaths per year are attributable to asbestos exposure
  19. 19. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE Here we can see a stonemason who is exposed to dust containing crystalline silica
  20. 20. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE Around 1000 new cancer cases per year due to silica exposure
  21. 21. Fume from processes like this one can lead to COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  22. 22. Now you see it The paint in this example contains solvents and isocyanates, a major cause of occupational asthma
  23. 23. Bakers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average British worker
  24. 24. Many workers can be exposed to diesel exhaust emissions – a known carcinogen
  25. 25. Approx 1000 cancer cases every year due to exposure to diesel exhaust emissions at work
  26. 26. Workers manufacturing pharmaceutical products can be exposed to highly toxic dusts
  27. 27. Recycling Here workers can be exposed to a wide range of hazardous such as lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals, and biological agents
  28. 28. Fracking Fracking has been in the news due to environmental concerns, but the process can also lead to workers being exposed to silica dust and hazardous chemicals
  29. 29. And it’s not just chemical agents Here exposure to noise can cause deafness and vibration from the power tool can cause nerve and vascular damaage
  30. 30. Recognise Evaluate Control Occupational Hygiene
  31. 31. Recognise Evaluate Control Occupational Hygiene
  32. 32. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  33. 33. Employers Have the key role in preventing ill health due to work
  34. 34. HSE Government Employers Trade Unions Professionals But others have a role to play too
  35. 35. “HSE .. (should continue) .. to seek new and innovative ideas for interventions that maximise its impact on the continuing high levels of work-related ill health.”
  36. 36. HSE Government Employers Trade Unions Professionals
  37. 37. http://www.bohs.org Occupational Hygienists have the knowledge and skills to help employers find solutions
  38. 38. http://www.bohs.org/OHServices-directory/
  39. 39. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pTnkODfIHad5s9dpuPrpw?feature=watch
  40. 40. President@bohs.org http://www.bohs.org Twitter: @bohsworld http://www.slideshare.net/mikeslater

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