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FREE AWARENESS EVENT ON SILICA AND OTHER DUST RISK

HSE and WWT combine to raise the dust on construction health issues 

Common constructions tasks e.g cutting or grinding concrete, chasing out, drilling or sanding wood/MDF can present a significant health risk if not properly controlled. Regularly breathing dust from such work over a period of time can cause serious lung diseases.

The latest research estimates that respirable crystalline silica (RCS) may be responsible for the deaths of over 500 people each year who have worked in construction. HSE also estimates that around 4,000 people die every year from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD linked to work.

Construction workers are one of the ‘at-risk groups’ because of the dust inhaled.

Problems and controls explained

The Working Well Together team and HSE  are holding a morning event aimed at managers, supervisors and operatives to raise awareness of the health problems caused by construction dust and simple controls required.

The event will take place on 22 January 2013 at the HSE office, Wren House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5PF. There will be two presentations between 10am and 12.30pm: 

 HSE Presentation 1 Construction Dust: what you need to know including:

  • What is construction dust
  • How it can harm you
  • How much dust is a problem
  • Control solutions, including RPE
  • Future work by HSE on dust and
  • What this means for you.

UVEX Presentation 2 Selecting and Using RPE: including practical demonstrations on:

  • – Selecting the correct RPE for work/person
  • – Face Fit testing
  • – Correctly using RPE 

If you wish to attend the contact Nikki Childs on 01245 706207 or by email: nikki.childs@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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