IOSH leads new pact to tackle respirable crystalline silica (Health and safety at work)

Construction companies could be contractually obliged to take decisive action on controlling respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on site under a new stakeholder initiative led by IOSH.

Tackling Respirable Crystalline Silica: a cross-industry commitment is the latest initiative on reducing occupational cancer under the banner of the institute’s No Time To Lose campaign.

As well as IOSH, the commitment is supported by the HSE and the British Occupational Hygiene Society. Other signatories to the global agreement include construction clients Tideway and Crossrail; occupational cancer experts at Imperial College, London; the Mineral Products Association; and the Institute of Occupational Medicine.

Beyond the UK, signatories include Singapore’s Work Health Institute, and the International Commission on Occupational Health.

The initiative follows a 2015 survey by IOSH and the Construction Dust Partnership, which revealed a lack of awareness that RCS can cause illness …

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