Industrial dust can be more than just a nuisance on site, it can be harmful when inhaled and breathed into the lungs. HSE reported that there are 500 deaths a year in the construction industry, suspectedly caused by silica and 4000 deaths a year due to COPD linked to the workplace.
Dust exposure can occur within a range of industries that involve tasks that release dust into the environment. This includes, cutting, drilling, demolishing and dry sweeping.The most common industries for dust exposure include:
- Construction & Demolition
- Quarrying & Mining
- Manufacturing & Warehousing
Often exposure to fine dust can go unnoticed and it can take years to develop symptoms but swallowing or inhaling dust can be extremely harmful.
The dangers of dust can include:
- Skin/eye irritation
- Lung cancer
Controlling dust on-site is essential to ensure safety of workers, in line with COSHH regulations.
Exposure to airborne dust particles can be reduced and controlled by:
- Using special cutting techniques
- Eliminating the use of harmful products
- Providing RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment)
- Water-Based and Non-Water-Based Dust Suppression
- Workplace exposure monitoring
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