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    HSE GUIDE CALLS FOR IMPROVED DUST RISK CONTROL

    Construction project work riddled with high risk dust laden tasks

    HSE has published Construction Information Sheet No 36 (Revision 2 June 2013) highlighting that the dust generated on construction projects can seriously damage the health of those working in the industry.

    The guidance provides a clear strategy for meeting legal duties (under COSHH 2002) by identifying the wide range of high risk tasks and how the dust and risk can be controlled.

    The guidance will give added impetus to the use of measures to stop, reduce and control dust through the use of water suppression and on tool extraction.

    HSE stress that respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is the “last line of protection” and if relying on RPE businesses will “need to be able to justify your reasons”.

    RPE may still have a role to play and the leaflet spells out what must be done to make sure RPE is adequate for the amount and type of dust; suitable for the work; compatible with other equipment; fits the user and is worn correctly.

    Extract from Construction Information Sheet No 36 (Revision 2 June 2013)

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