Dust: the health hazards


Dust: the health hazards. RVT Group

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Construction workers are most at risk of the health impacts of inhaling dust. Considerable amounts of dust are created on site during the various types of work. Workers suffer from a range of health problems, from asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). These generally emerge only after long-term exposure.

Inhalable dust collects in the upper respiratory tract and is usually cleared by mucus, while the fine respirable dust gets deep into the lungs, in the alveoli.

Dust is generated by many on-site tasks, including cutting various materials, sanding, blasting, rock drilling, jack hammering, demolition work, machining operations and dry sweeping. Most workers are unaware that they can safely breathe only a very tiny amount of dust per day, and underestimate the impact of exposure to dust on their health.

A strategic approach to managing dust includes assessments via a dust monitoring program, proper ventilation, the use of vacuum/filtration systems to capture airborne dust at source, containment tents and respiratory protective equipment for high-risk tasks.

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An expert site assessment will ensure that the correct control measures are implemented for each situation. In adopting best practice, companies benefit through an enhanced reputation, with improved staff productivity and morale.

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