A Healthy Working Environment For Everyone
Guidance For Employers
Work-related health risks can be complex, with silent, invisible hazards, and the diseases they cause, having a long latency period before their ill health effects become apparent.
Because of this, BOHS has produced a range of guidance designed to demystify the health risks workers face, and to help employers protect their employees.
Using our guidance, employers can make sure that health hazards are recognised, risks are evaluated and exposures are effectively controlled.
A range of guidance information is provided by BOHS – this can help employers can make sure that health hazards are recognised, risks are evaluated and exposures are effectively controlled.
Under the umbrella of our Breathe Freely campaign, aimed at controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in the construction industry, BOHS has produced a wide range of information, resources and signposting to relevant advice and expertise.
However, it should be noted that much of the guidance will also be useful and relevant for other sectors because the activities which take place in the construction industry, such as welding, plumbing, painting and decorating for example, are widely carried out in other sectors.
Useful resources on the Breathe Freely website include: the BOHS Health in Industry (HI) Management Standard which sets out what good practice looks like and what standards need to be met; trade fact sheets; construction project and worker case studies; and BOHS’
For anyone who still needs convincing, BOHS has published a Good Business Case which sets out the evidence that good occupational hygiene is good for business and the right thing to do.
In the spring of 2016, we will launch a practical toolkit for managers and supervisors to deliver as a talk to workers in the construction sector: this toolkit will cover common risks, an audit checklist, and visual standards.
Another useful piece of guidance for employers is the Construction Dust Guide, published by the safety equipment and workwear supplier Arco, and reviewed by BOHS. The introduction on occupational hygiene in this guide has been contributed by BOHS.