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Protecting worker health webinar

  1. 1. Protecting Worker Health 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 there’s another story – construction workers are also exposed to dust and other agents that can affect their health
  6. 6. • About 3 700 occupational cancer cases • over 500 workers believed to die from exposure to silica dust • 31 000 new cases of work-related ill health each year in the construction sector
  7. 7. • About 3 700 occupational cancer cases • over 500 workers believed to die from exposure to silica dust • 31 000 new cases of work-related ill health each year in the construction sector Unfortunately these facts and figures don’t make the headlines
  8. 8. There are currently approximately 13,000 deaths each year due to occupational diseases Looking at the broader picture
  9. 9. That equates to 36 people per day But we don’t hear anything about it in the news
  10. 10. 148 workers died in accidents at work
  11. 11. 99% health Approx 12,000 died from work related disease
  12. 12. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness
  13. 13. Almost 5000 deaths per year are attributable to asbestos exposure
  14. 14. Although it’s use is banned in Europe, asbestos is still present in many buildings and people can still be exposed if it is damaged or disturbed
  15. 15. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE Here we can see a stonemason who is exposed to dust containing crystalline silica
  16. 16. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE Approx 1000 cancer deaths in Great Britain per annum are due to silica exposure
  17. 17. Welding is a common process and exposure to fume can lead to COPD, asthma and other diseases, including cancer
  18. 18. Fume from processes like this one can lead to COPD
  19. 19. Now you see it Paint sprayers can be exposed to a wide range of hazardous substances including isocyanates, a major cause of occupational asthma
  20. 20. Bakers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average British worker
  21. 21. Approx 1000 fatalities per year from cancer due to exposure to diesel exhaust emissions at work
  22. 22. Workers manufacturing pharmaceutical products can be exposed to highly toxic dusts
  23. 23. Recycling Here workers can be exposed to a wide range of hazardous such as lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals, and biological agents
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Prevention or cure?
  27. 27. Recognise Evaluate Control Occupational Hygiene
  28. 28. Recognise Evaluate Control Occupational Hygiene
  29. 29. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  30. 30. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  31. 31. The use of asbestos has been banned in Europe and many other countries
  32. 32. Silica sand is no longer used for blasting – it’s been replaced by safer substitutes
  33. 33. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  34. 34. Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/copd/casestudies/wetcut.htm Damping down with water
  35. 35. Process containment combined with local extraction
  36. 36. An effective local extraction system
  37. 37. www.aessolutions.co.uk
  38. 38. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  39. 39. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE  Reduce exposure time  Increase distance  Working methods  Standard procedures
  40. 40. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE
  41. 41. • It only protects the user • It doesn’t address the source of the problem • It is usually not as effective as people believe • It’s uncomfortable and people don’t like wearing it Why is PPE the last resort?
  42. 42. A failure of management
  43. 43. Prevention Engineering Work practices PPE Supervision Maintenance Procedures Auditing Testing Health surveillance Monitoring Information Training Management of controls
  44. 44. In many cases solutions are readily available
  45. 45. If you know where to look !
  46. 46. Nanotechnology
  47. 47. Nanotechnology Occupational hygienists have the skills to find solutions to new and emerging risks
  48. 48. http://www.bohs.org/OHServices-directory/
  49. 49. Employers Have the key role in preventing ill health due to work
  50. 50. HSE Government Employers Professionals But others have a role to play too
  51. 51. “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.”
  52. 52. HSE Government Employers Professionals
  53. 53. BOHS Worker Health Protection Arena (Sponsored by Shell) 17 – 19 June
  54. 54. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pTnkODfIHad5s9dpuPrpw?feature=watch
  55. 55. President@bohs.org http://www.bohs.org Twitter: @bohsworld http://www.slideshare.net/mikeslater

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