Exposure to isocyanates is a major cause of occupational asthma in the UK. Isocyanates are widely used in industry, in particular in spray painting, foam and polyurethane manufacture and in adhesives.
Notably, isocyanate paints are used extensively in motor vehicle repair, and for years, vehicle paint sprayers have been the group most at risk, with 50 sprayers diagnosed with isocyanate asthma every year – most of these having to leave the industry.
BOHS is delighted to announce that 3M is to sponsor the Young Hygienist Award again in 2014.
The numberof people killed in work-related incidents in Britain has fallen, according to provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There were 148 deaths between April and March 2013, a 14% decrease from the previous year when 172 deaths were recorded.
This reduction in the number of deaths in the workplace is testament to the workthat has been carried out by the HSE and others within the health and safety industry, however there is still a lot more that needs to be done to protect the health and safety of workers.
The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is delighted to announce the election of David O’Malley, an occupational hygienist with a wealth of experience on which to draw, as its new President.
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