The Health and Safety Executive ( HSE) has launched a new website on occupational disease. The site, Tackling occupational disease, states that work-related health issues are harder to tackle than safety issues as cause and effect are often not clearly linked.
HSE says that it wants to build on work that public, private and third sector organisations are doing by encouraging the promotion and exchange of ideas and the generation of novel initiatives through the website and an occupational disease community site, focussing on two key priority areas: respiratory diseases (including asthma, COPD and silicosis); and occupational cancer (from all routes of exposure). Users can sign up to join the occupational disease community site, which offers access to information on the methods and materials that have been developed by a range of organisations to raise awareness. Visit the website at www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease.