Healthy Lungs Summit 2017
RVT was delighted to sponsor the Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit 2017 in London late last year. With around 200 people in attendance – from the HSE themselves, to H&S magazine editors, contractors and occupational hygienists – it was a great turn-out.
It was a one-day summit that outlined what the HSE is doing about lung disease, what you can do about it, and what science and evidence can tell us to help reduce the devastating affect it can have on construction workers.
There are estimated to be 12,000 lung disease deaths each year linked to past exposure at work.
Along with helping companies understand how they can effectively control exposure to harmful particles that can cause lung disease, there was a very interesting talk from an ex-stonemason. He talked about his first-hand experience of poor air quality. This once-fit-and-healthy man now suffers from silicosis. His life expectancy has been shortened and he is no longer able to do many of the things that most people take for granted, like climbing stairs with ease.
It is essential that the correct equipment and protective gear is provided to all tradesmen, so they can effectively carry out their jobs without putting themselves at risk.
RVT Sales Estimator Carlos Heywood commented,
"It was great to be among like-minded people from the construction industry, interacting with HSE professionals, to gain insights, understanding and greater awareness. And all for the common purpose of protecting site worker's lungs."