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SILICA RISK DURING CONCRETE CUTTING

Guidance to Inspectors illustrates risk, precautions and enforcement policy

An HSE Construction Sector Information Minute provides specific guidance to Inspectors on the control and enforcement of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) issues associated with the cutting of concrete and clay roof tiles and single-lap artificial ‘slates’ (i.e. thin reconstituted slate/resin type tiles) in the construction industry.

The guidance is “interim” as HSE is currently working with “relevant industry stakeholders so that the most appropriate long term reasonably practicable solutions are determined”.

The guidance contained in the document may be further developed and so subject to subsequent change. The aim is to:

  • raise awareness amongst construction employers and employees of long latency respiratory risks through the delivery of appropriate messages.
  • develop and promote good practice control measures for the higher risk tasks and to work with key partners to change behaviour.

The guidance provides information of risks, controls and likely enforcement action.

Relevant standards from our Library of Links

  • Silica and other dust control at cut-off saws – HSE
  • Silica guidance on risks – HSE
  • Silica risk guidance – NIOSH (USA)
  • Silica risks during construction processes – HSE
  • Silica water suppression of dust during concrete breaking – NIOSH(USA)
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