September historically sees the highest hospital admission rates for asthma1, and Festool is encouraging tradespeople to take a few minutes to check their lung health.
Festool is highlighting the health effects that can come from not using adequate dust extraction as part of its Breath Easy campaign. Wood dust can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers. Hardwood dust can cause cancer, particularly of the nose. Dust from bricks, tiles and concrete contains very fine RCS particles and serious health effects, such as lung cancer or silicosis, can result from exposure to RCS. This is because fine RCS particles can penetrate deep into the lungs.
The leading power tools company has teamed up with the British Lung Foundation (BLF), which has devised a simple online test for people who are struggling to catch their breath.
Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the BLF, said: “Feeling short of breath from time to time is healthy and normal – but sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious. Tradespeople can complete our online breath test by answering a few simple questions. It will advise if they should make an appointment with their GP. It only takes about five minutes; it’s free and completely confidential.”
The breath test can be found here: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/.