How clean is your office?

Posted on by Rob Powell

The TUC has warned that dangerous levels of dust in the workplace are leading to thousands of deaths every year.

The TUC is sending new guidance to its union safety reps following studies into the hazards of dust exposure.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘Because disease and death caused by the various types of dust can take many years to develop, both employers and regulators take them far less seriously than deaths caused by injury, yet they are just as tragic for both the workers and their families.

‘Each and every one of these thousands of deaths caused by dusts is avoidable. Given the scale of the problem we need an urgent examination of both the current standards and their enforcement.’

The TUC’s annual Congress meeting takes place next week in central London.

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