Health should receive equal attention as safety!


Though safety hazards are relatively clear and understood in the workplace, health issues tend to take a back seat as they are generally more difficult to confront. Interestingly though a healthy workplace is by definition a safe workplace, a so-called safe work place is not necessarily a healthy workplace.

For example, harmful airborne contaminants can cause permanent damage from a single breath or slowly through being inhaled over a long period of time. These health hazards can be devastating to a worker in future years and should therefore receive equal attention to the safety issues in the workplace.

According to Dr Bob Rajan, HSE Chemical Risk Assessment and Control Group, “Every year, UK industry spends around £250 million on RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment), but a sizeable portion of this money is wasted because the equipment selected is not right for the job or used wrongly.

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