Employers failing staff on asthma prevention

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Twenty people develop asthma every day because employers are failing tocontrol the causes at work, according to a survey reported in Hazards magazine.The survey of nearly 1,000 union safety reps in workplaces whereasthma-causing substances are used regularly shows that many employers are notcarrying out their legal obligations. Although legislation states that as a first step employers should substitutethe dangerous substance with one less dangerous, only 8 per cent of thosesurveyed do so. But 41 per cent do carry out risk assessments and 26 per centprovide breathing equipment. The TUC is calling for a legally binding approved code of practice detailingwhat employers must do to prevent asthma. Owen Tudor, TUC senior policy office, said, “No one needs to developasthma at work, so anyone who does has cause to be very bitter indeed.Employers have shown that guidance and general rules aren’t enough. We need aspecific legal code on asthma to breathe some life back into workers’ lungsafety.” Workers most at risk include carpenters, bakers and nurses and those inmanufacturing. www.tuc.org.uk Employers failing staff on asthma preventionOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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