Tony Bishop, HSSQ Manager at The BDL Group, recently attended a Build UK Respiratory Solutions Roundtable event. He shares with us his insight from the event, focusing on the important discussion regarding the hierarchy of control about operational tasks that create dust emissions in the workplace, and how controls can be improved.
The Respiratory Solutions Roundtable event was chaired by Kari Sprostranova, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director at Mace Construct.
Key areas discussed were:
• Storage and cleaning solutions for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).
• Education: both before people enter the industry and the tools and resources available through the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG);
• Design: what are the quick-win ideas and putting case studies together as a learning tool.
Tony noted the impressive attendance at the meeting, showcasing a diverse presence from main contractors and trade experts. The session began with a focus on RPE storage and cleaning solutions but quickly shifted towards discussing the hierarchy of control about operational tasks that create dust emissions in the workplace, and how controls can be improved.
He said: “As the FIS representative I was able to share with the attendees what BDL has implemented and what other drylining contractors can do in terms of reducing dust emission from drylining processes. When working together and accepting there could be cost implications the following controls can be implemented through good planning and collaboration with main contractors”.