What are construction dust risks?
Use the right tools
The show must go on, so to speak. Buildings must be demolished, constructions must be built, and in order to do this, workers will come face-to-face with this breath-stealing enemy. However, there are many solutions to prevent against these two particular hazards we refer to above.
For best practice environmental management and to protect against dust risks, site workers need the correct tools and equipment.
The most important action would be to limit the amount of exposure each worker has to this deadly dust. Take into account time and air quality. Track length of exposure time and monitor air quality.
There is a standard of air that must be adhered to, for example 0.1mg/m3 for respirable silica. Make sure all areas are monitored and actions are taken if the air falls below standard conditions.
Ensure that all workers on site have the correct protection and tools to limit any intake of dust. Items such as face masks and dust capturing equipment are compulsory for a healthy workforce.
For workers to keep safe, it is important they understand the dangers and consequences of not working safely. Site managers and supervisors should ensure that all workers know how harmful these dusts are and how they can prevent being affected by them.
Generally an organised and tidy site is a safe one. Make sure tasks and projects are well-planned and scheduled. Keep site tidy equipment on site, such as material and tool stores and sweepers, so there is no excuse for loss and disorganisation.
Using the right tools and being tidy makes construction sites safer for everyone. Read more about our best practice methods of tidy sites.