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Responding to HSE proposals to reduce the frequency of statutory health checks for those who carry out licensed work with asbestos from every two years to every three, Margaret Grahamslaw, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, commented:
“The HSE’s recommendation for three-yearly medicals fits in with many health assessment cycles. In addition, there is confusion surrounding the difference between licenced and notifiable non-licenced work, and these proposals create a level playing field of a three yearly check for all.
Workers only have these health checks when they’re working with asbestos. But unfortunately, asbestos-related lung diseases have a long latency period. If a worker who has been exposed to asbestos has symptoms before their next medical, they are advised to see their own GP. This advice has not changed.”
For more information, contact Samantha Wilding, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at B&CE – Construction Services on 01293 766674 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
B&CE is a not-for-profit organisation – we operate for the benefit of our members and their dependents. We were founded in the construction industry back in 1942. Now we offer a workplace pension, employee accident cover and employee life cover.
Chief Executive Patrick Heath-Lay gained overwhelming support at January’s HCLG Summit on our vision for a new approach to occupational health in construction.
The first step has been creation of an occupational health Framework, a three-year plan that clarifies the health and safety legislation that employers need to comply with. By implementing it, employers will have confidence that they are legally compliant, and that workers’ health is being consistently assessed as they move from job to job. The framework was developed in collaboration with an OH Steering Group made up of employers, occupational health professionals, regulators and federations. Further details can be found at www.bandce.co.uk/occupational-health