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https://press.hse.gov.uk/2021/05/04/health-and-safety-executive-inspections-focus-on-occupational-lung-disease/

Health and Safety Executive inspections focus on occupational lung disease
4th May 2021
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inspecting fabricated metal businesses across Great Britain to check that they are managing the respiratory risks of welding fumes and metalworking fluids.
From today, World Asthma Day 2021, health and safety inspectors across GB will be targeting businesses whose workers undertake welding and use metalworking fluids to check that they are complying with the welding fumes guidance and metalworking fluid guidance. During the visits, dutyholders will need to demonstrate they have measures in place to manage risks to protect their workers from occupational lung disease and ‘WorkRight’ to keep workers healthy and safe.
Last year in the UK, 12,000 people died from lung diseases estimated to be linked to past exposure, from work in a range of sectors. There is scientific evidence that exposure to welding fumes can cause lung cancer and exposure to metalworking fluids can cause a range of lung diseases, including occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis (OHP), which are debilitating diseases with life changing impact.
Inspectors will be looking for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls to protect workers’ health. If necessary, they will use enforcement to make sure workers are protected.
While the primary focus will be on lung health during this programme of inspections, if an HSE inspector identifies any other areas of concern, they will take the necessary enforcement action to ensure these are dealt with. This will include making sure that businesses are COVID-secure and doing all they can to protect their workers from the risk of coronavirus.
HSE’s Acting Head of Manufacturing and Utilities Unit, Clare Owen, said: “12,000 people died last year from lung diseases estimated to be linked to past exposure from work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost. We want businesses whose workers use metalworking fluids and undertake welding activities to take action now to protect their workers’ respiratory health.
“Through visiting metal fabrication businesses, our inspectors are able to speak to a range of dutyholders and look at the measures they have in place to comply with the law and protect workers from lung diseases such as occupational asthma and lung cancer.
“Our inspection initiative aims to ensure employers and workers are aware of the risks associated with the activities they do. They must recognise these dangers and manage these risks through reducing exposure. Dutyholders need to do the right thing, for example, through completing a risk assessment, ensuring workers are trained and reducing exposure using local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and using suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect workers, where required.”
For more information on the programme of inspections follow the campaign on Twitter at @H_S_E or on Facebook @hsegovuk. You can also join the conversation at #WorkRight and sign up for HSE’s e-bulletin here.

Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. hse.gov.uk
2. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
3. The inspection programme will be supported by HSE’s ‘WorkRight’ campaign, aimed to influence employer behaviour by encouraging fabricated metal businesses to download free guidance and advice, increasing knowledge and capability to protect workers’ health.

Greater Manchester Hazards Centre - across the North West

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https://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2021/05/03/firefighters-memorial-day-2021-uk-firefighters-honour-2300-fallen-colleagues-minute

Firefighters Memorial Day 2021: UK firefighters honour 2,300 fallen colleagues with a minute’s silence

03 May
Firefighters Memorial Day 2021: UK firefighters honour 2,300 fallen colleagues with a minute’s silence
03 May 2021 Campaigns, Memorial
• Fire Brigades Union using day to launch new Red Plaque website where the public can pay tribute to firefighters who have been lost and learn about the incidents
Firefighters across the UK will hold a minute’s silence at 12:00 midday on Tuesday 4 May for Firefighters’ Memorial Day, in memory of more than 2,300 firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Firefighters and control staff will stand outside their stations and workplaces and sound their sirens as they hold a minute’s silence for the fallen firefighters, including two serving UK firefighters who have lost their lives to coronavirus over the last year.
A new website for the FBU’s Red Plaque scheme will be launched on the day, allowing the public to view memorial sites across the UK honouring fallen firefighters and to apply for future Red Plaques.
The FBU’s Red Plaque scheme is funded by the Firefighters 100 Lottery and allows firefighters, communities and the family and friends of those lost to pay tribute to fallen heroes, and to provide a place of reflection and memorial for all time.
Users of the website will also be able use an interactive map of the UK to learn about the incidents that claimed the lives of firefighters.
The most recent Red Plaque to feature on the website is dedicated to five firefighters who lost their lives when a bomb struck their fire station in East London during WWII, which was unveiled at Lansbury Lawrence Primary School in September 2020.
On Tuesday 4 May, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, will lay a wreath at the National Firefighters’ Memorial at St Paul’s, London, on behalf of the FBU. He will be joined by FBU president Ian Murray and on-duty firefighters from Islington Fire Station.
The event will be live-streamed to the FBU’s social media channels for the public who are unable to join in the commemoration in person due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:
“Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep others safe from danger. Sadly, we have lost colleagues along the way and their bravery deserves to be remembered and honoured.
“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, firefighters have gone above and beyond to help their communities through the crisis. Tragically, over the last year we have lost two to this awful disease. We remember them and hold their family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts.
“Firefighters Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, but it’s also a day to reaffirm our commitment to fight for the safety of all firefighters. All too often, these tragedies could and should have been prevented and lessons must be learnt to ensure that no more names are added to the firefighters’ memorial.
“By taking this day to reflect on our fallen brothers and sisters, we keep their memory alive and ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten. Today, with this minute’s silence, we honour them.”

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