Breathe Freely, Edinburgh
Now in their third year, the BOHS Breathe Freely breakfast workshops kicked off in Edinburgh earlier this month. Once again, we were proud to be the sole sponsors of this event, which focused on occupational lung disease within the construction industry.
The Breathe Freely initiative aims to bring together those responsible for the health and wellbeing of their workers, to raise awareness about reducing the incidence of ill-health and disease in the construction industry. This initiative helps employers better understand how to control workplace health risks.
We're always encouraged when we see so many attendees from across the sectors attending the BOHS events, and Edinburgh didn't disappoint. It included highly informative presentations that effectively challenged accepted practices, creating some meaningful discussions among attendees. Specifically covered was the matter of effective Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) when combined with facial hair, and the challenge of managing this issue on site. Whilst this challenge was widely felt, it was agreed that RPE/PPE are the last line of defence, and that engineering controls and administrative controls take precedence.
HSS Quality Manager, Rachel Butler, commented, "It's great that RVT support this initiative and provide relevant solutions at the events; this allows delegates to see and explore what possible solutions are available on the market.
"The Edinburgh event was very informative. It was a pleasure to be with a mix of people gathered for one purpose: to ensure everyone goes home healthy at the end of their working day.
With a spark of positive debate, we have already taken key information from the day back to HQ and implemented across our sites."
That's exactly what these workshops are for and we're delighted that HSS are benefitting from the increased knowledge that the presentations and lively discussions bring.
Our own Sales Director, Julian Hayward, commented, "The Breathe Freely event in Edinburgh was attended by those who passionately share a common goal – to better protect everyone in the industry against occupational health risks on site.
"The content and presentations were powerful, as were the meaningful Q&A sessions and networking. We look forward to seeing a positive impact on site!"
Our last breakfast event of the year took place in London on the 4th December, details on that coming soon!
In the meantime, stay tuned for 2019 dates to not miss out on the extensive knowledge and resources available to help protect your site workers from occupational health hazards.