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FREE HSE LED EVENT ON CONSTRUCTION DUST

HSE pressure on ‘construction dust’ assessment and control mounts

HSE is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the “dangers of dust”.

Every year some 500 workers die from the effects of inhaling dust from materials such as concrete, wood, mortar, gypsum or sandstone.

The half day event, organised by the Working Well Together group will take place in Coalville Leicestershire on Friday 20 September 2013.

The aim is to raise awareness among managers and supervisors etc. of the health problems caused by dust and the simple steps that should be taken to control it.

Practical sessions and demonstrations will focus on extraction systems, water suppression and respiratory protective equipment. The Agenda includes:

  • Introduction on dust risks;
  • What they are and what you need to do;
  • Practical demonstrations 1 & 2;
  • Dust extraction – mobile units/types of filters and on tool extraction;
  • Face fitting demonstration – correct use of RPE;
  • Water suppression – examples of types of suppression unit;
  • Practical demonstration 3;
  • Controlling dust and putting the controls together; 
  • HSE’s position on enforcement and FFI.

Chris Lucas, of HSE’s Health Risk Management Unit, who will be the Key Note speaker at the event, explained:

Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a serious risk to workers’ health. Regularly breathing in even small amounts of dust over a long time can cause life-changing and life-threatening lung diseases, including cancer.

Common jobs like cutting or grinding concrete, chasing out mortar, drilling in enclosed spaces or sanding wood can be high risk if not properly controlled.”

For more information or to book a place contact HSE visiting officer Ian Weekes on 0115 971 2871 or by email at ian.weekes@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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