HSE inspections focusing on lung disease underway

HSE inspectors are visiting businesses across Great Britain in woodworking industries, focusing on the dangers of respiratory risks from wood dust.

The inspections are to ensure dutyholders know the established health risks associated with woodworking and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health.


In 2022/23, HSE found 78% of businesses were not compliant in protecting workers from respiratory sensitisers. This resulted in 402 enforcement actions being taken.


To ensure your woodworking business is managing the risks and is prepared for an inspection, the HSE have free resources and guidance to prevent exposure to dust and protect your workers’ respiratory health:  

  • visit HSE – Dust Kills woodworking campaign website

You can get further information about the campaign through the HSE’s press release.

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