This week is Breathe Easy Week, an initiative started by the British Lung Foundation, to raise awareness and focus on lung health. Each year, it is estimated that 12,000 people die from work-related lung diseases linked to exposure during their working lives.

welder factoryThe HSE are shining a light on work-related lung diseases during this important awareness week to ensure employers whose workers are at risk of breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours, have effective control measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease.

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their workers’ from serious, long-term lung damage. This is why it is vital that employers in higher risk sectors, such as construction, welding and stonework, assess the risks, plan their work and have effective controls to protect their worker’s respiratory health. Breathing in dusts, gases, fumes and vapours in the workplace can cause serious, long-term lung damage and often incurable health problems which is why shining a light on these work related lung diseases is so important. Did you know:

  • One person dies from lung disease every five minutes in the UK;
  • 10,000 people are diagnosed with a new lung condition every week;
  • More than 700,000 people are admitted to hospital each year due to a lung condition.

What we can do to help

Bradley Environmental has extensive experience of undertaking Workplace Exposure Monitoring, including dust, fume and vapour, in a wide range of industrial and manufacturing environments. Using current sampling methodology and equipment we can undertake comprehensive Workplace Exposure Monitoring for industrial and commercial clients throughout the UK, that meets all current HSE guidelines. Our Workplace Exposure Monitoring can measure employee exposure as well as background levels of hazardous dusts, vapours and fumes.

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HSE Guidance

The HSE have a range of guidance and resources available for those undertaking higher risk work, including:

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