text.skipToContent text.skipToNavigation
  1. Home
  2. Protec PPE Blog
  3. Health and safety campaign launched against dust
Health and safety campaign launched against dust

A new campaign by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) called #DustBuster is targeted at construction firms and hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of dust on construction sites.


The campaign wants to reduce levels of lung disease related to excessive dust that affects builders. Dust that is particularly harmful includes asbestos, silica and wood dust.

HSE inspectors are visiting construction sites in the first quarter of 2019 to see whether businesses have protection measures in place against workers inhaling dust.


By publicising the harmful effects of dust, the HSE hopes that construction firms will review their health and safety practices.


The head of the #DustBuster campaign, David Harrison, said:

“The #Dustbuster campaign aims to influence employer behaviour using the visit of inspectors as a motivator for builders to download free advice and guidance, which will, in turn, increase their knowledge and capability to protect workers' health.”


Simple measures such as wearing protective face mask workwear and vacuuming dusty areas can minimise risk.


The #DustBuster campaign is part of the HSE’s “Go Home Healthy” initiative. The HSE has published a series of “selfie cards”, which builders are encouraged to download and print.


They can then pose for photos with the cards and post them on social media to spread the message that construction workers’ health and safety is vitally important. These cards include the messages carrying the hashtag #WorkRight, and address such themes as improving life quality and expectancy through responsible working.


Latest Blogs

Many work environments can pose potential risks to vision, demonstrated by the 800,000 eye injuries that occur in workplaces around the world every year. 

24 August 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work in many ways. 

Government guidance for well over a year has advised that those who can work from home, should work from home. However, despite the pandemic, life still has to go on – and with this comes the need for in-home workers, such as maintenance staff and support workers.

26 May 2021

This article provides guidance on the flood risk to your property or site when applying for planning permission. The content is neither exhaustive nor prescriptive, but you must demonstrate to your Local Planning Authority (LPA) that you have considered and taken steps to manage flood risk as part of your development proposal. By the end of this concise guide, you’ll be able to carry out a simple flood risk assessment yourself.

11 May 2021

As COVID-19 lockdown measures ease across the country, employers must plan how employees can safely return to work. There are two main considerations to make: adhering to the latest government guidelines on COVID-19 and taking the correct steps to ensure that employees maintain social distancing in the workplace at all times.

This article explains how employees can maintain social distancing in the workplace, ensuring a safe, COVID-secure return to work.

3 May 2021