Construction Dust: The Law

The risk, the related health issues and preventative measures

Construction dust is the general term to describe harmful particles in the air that can pose a health risk to site workers and those nearby.

The 3 types of common dust found on construction sites are:

  1. Silica 
  2. Wood
  3. Non-silica / lower toxicity dust

Amongst others, the risk to health from over-exposure to any of these types of dust can be:

  • lung cancer
  • silicosis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • asthma

For more information on controlling the risk, refer to the comprehensive information on the HSE website here


The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) outlines 3 key things you need to do to minimise the risk from dust:

1. Assess the risks
2. Control the risks
3. Review the controls regularly

Construction Dust: The Law. RVT Group

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