Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in industry

Breathe Freely Roadshow in Birmingham – 13 July 2017



The Breathe Freely construction roadshow at Edgebaston cricket ground in full swing


On 13 July, BOHS launched the first of its four Breathe Freely in Construction roadshows of 2017, held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. It was a great opportunity for attendees to review the campaign to date as well as discussing critical issues in the construction industry and actions taken.

We welcomed Jennie Armstrong (Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Tideway) and Chair of the Breathe Freely Steering Group as well as other guests including:

  • Tim Shambrook from the Health Risk Management Unit at the HSE who discussed the view from the regulator on how to raise the bar in construction
  • Vern Harrington from RVT Group, sponsor of this series of roadshows, shared case studies focusing on examples of effective control made possible by temporary solutions
  • Mike Slater from Diamond Environmental and the Past-President of BOHS presented managing workplace health risks in construction, focusing on the role of occupational hygiene and the impact of the Breathe Freely campaign on raising awareness and inspiring change
  • Over 40 attendees took part in interactive discussions focusing on key and emerging issues in health, improvements that participant companies have made to health as well as new developments on the Breathe Freely campaign resources.


The remaining roadshows will take place on:

  • 21 September at SS Great Britain, Bristol
  • 27 October at Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh
  • 15 November at London (venue to be confirmed)


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Jennie Armstrong from Tideway


Tim Shambrook from HSE


Vern Harrington from RVT Group



Mike Slater from Diamond Environmental