HSE Prosecution – Respirable Silica Dust
Following our publicising of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Construction Inspection Initiative which is focusing on the impact of dust on workers’ health, Havio understand that a Stonemasons has been prosecuted following an employee contracting silicosis, having been exposed to silica dust.
Silica is found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded or carved. Some of this dust may be fine enough to breathe deeply into your lungs and is known as respirable crystalline silica.
Dust is an issue within construction and something our CDM consultants see regularly. We have experience in supporting our customers with pragmatic advice on how to control this during health and safety inspections and we can offer training/toolbox talks on site.
Please contact us for more information or if you need advice and support.