HOW TO PREVENT OR ADEQUATELY CONTROL THE RISKS FROM CONSTRUCTION DUST
There are different types of materials used in construction including plaster, wood and silica-based materials such as stone, brick and concrete. Tasks such as drilling and sawing these materials, and dry sweeping up afterwards, give rise to dusts which when inhaled may cause irritation, or more serious diseases such as asthma or lung cancer.
A HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS
- Eliminate the risks from dust by effective design and planning, for example, by using pre-cut materials
- Minimise the risks by using suitable control measures
- Wear an appropriate respiratory mask
REDUCE THE RISK OF ILL HEALTH
The risk of ill health may be reduced to near zero levels by straightforward measures such as preventing dusty work in the first place by purchasing pre-cut materials. Dust can be controlled by wetting saw blades or applying on-tool exhaust ventilation, and workers health protected by wearing a suitable respiratory mask.
The risks can be reduced to near zero levels by consideration of the hierarchy of controls and simple, affordable techniques such as wetting circular saw blades when cutting or breaking stone or concrete, or on-tool extraction, for example when cutting wood.
Construction dust: HSE information sheet