Recently, BOFA’s MD Tony Lockwood and Technical Manager John Horsey, attended the launch of ‘EMADA’ (Extraction Manufacturers and Designers Association). Working in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), their aim is to promote the use of properly designed and installed Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, by raising the standard, quality and awareness of the LEV systems used by industries. To ensure industries receive the best solutions, association members will be promoting good practise and standards, for both systems and people.
There are a range of respiratory diseases that can be caused by exposure whilst working, including some very serious diseases such as cancer – which are often fatal. Around 13,000 deaths each year are linked to past exposures at work, primarily to chemicals or dust, and currently an estimated 14,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems caused, or made worse, by work each year.
Working to lower these stats, HSE has launched the ‘Go home healthy’ initiative to promote better health in Britain’s workplaces, with a focus on causes of lung disease. HSE’s new ‘HSG 258’ guideline explains in more detail.
We look forward to working closely with thought leaders in the industry to continue promoting the cause for healthy working environments.