HSE eBulletin: Inspectors will be visiting woodworking businesses across Great Britain

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HSE eBulletin

Every year in the UK, around 12,000 people die from lung diseases linked to past exposure to hazardous substances at work.


This includes inhalation of wood-dust that can cause occupational asthma and, in the case of hardwoods, sinonasal cancer.


From April 2022, HSE Inspectors will be visiting woodworking businesses across Great Britain to ensure dutyholders know the risks associated with woodworking, including wood dust, and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health.


Inspectors will be looking for evidence that employers have considered the control measures required to reduce workers’ exposure to wood dusts; workers understand that exposure to wood dusts can damage their long-term respiratory health; and that effective control measures are in place to protect workers from harm.


Inspectors will use enforcement when necessary to make sure workers are protected.


Updated woodworking guidance and tools to manage the risk in your business

View our updated woodworking guidance to ensure your workers are safe.


Employers have a legal duty to ensure they comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure to wood dusts and protect workers health.


Further guidance on health and safety in the woodworking industry can be found on our website.


You can also find out about what inspectors typically look for.

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