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Need to know about occupational hygiene?

The British Occupational Hygiene Society defines occupational hygiene as the prevention of ill health from work, by identifying and controlling the risks.
Although the UK has been successful in reducing the number of serious work-related accidents, with the figures for 2012 and 2013 at a record low, the same cannot be said for work-related disease cases.
A shocking 13,000 people are estimated to be dying each year from work-related, or industrial diseases such as silicosis or asbestosis. 8,000 people are dying from cancer they have contracted as a result of their work, with 4,000 of these dying from cancer linked to asbestos exposure.
Whilst these numbers are staggering, what is even more worrying is the growing number of work-related illnesses being reported each year, which currently stands at around 500,000.
The result of this growing trend is the need for employers to consider occupational hygiene in their workplace, to protect their employees from any risks they may face.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a current list of reportable work-related illnesses, but substances such as asbestos, lead and silica are still causing issues in the workplace today. On top of these known hazardous substances, there are threats from noise, vibration, fumes and dust.
By using a qualified occupational hygienist in the workplace, an employer can identify the risks a business has, and put in place measures to protect employees and reduce the very real risks associated with occupational disease.
The real aim should be to reduce the large number of people who are affected by work-related illnesses each year.
If you have suffered from an illness connected to your job, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor with the expertise to handle work place injury claims. We will be happy to help you find out if you have a claim – call 01302 320621.

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