The HSE has issued the latest health and safety statistics for 2016/17 ( http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm ). The numbers have not changed much over the last year, and ill health from work remains a major issue. Today in the United Kingdom, 1.3 million working people are suffering from a work-related illness. Companies need to be pro-active in preventing workplace ill health now and in the future. Occupational hygienists remain at the forefront in helping companies to address workplace ill health, by controlling exposures to workplace hazards with effective interventions.