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Respiratory protection awareness expert gains award

Construction workers may find respiratory protection vital to safeguard their health on occasions when they may come into contact with potentially hazardous substances.

The danger of direct contact with such chemicals has been highlighted by an expert in the field whose work has gained recognition from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Dr Bob Rajan-Sithamparanadarajah picked up one of four distinguished service awards at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in Glasgow for his many years of work around the world in raising awareness of the risks to respiratory health.

RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey hailed the expert as "a shining example of the benefit of raising worker awareness about the risks to their health in the workplace".

Following the awards ceremony, the charity has now launched its 2013 awards scheme, with online nominations due by December 3rd.

It emphasised that recognition of good health and safety is not just about having good statistics, but also a positive culture involving all staff in a workplace that is focused on avoiding accidents.

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