Tag Archives: silica

Construction Dust

In recent months it has become clear that the HSE are taking the risks involving construction dust much more seriously. Where they would previously have served an improvement notice if workers were not adequately protected from dust, they are now serving prohibition notices. Silica is a natural substance found in varying amounts in construction materials […]

Are you making your employees ill?

It is a very worrying statistic that for every 1 accident related fatality in construction, approximately 100 construction employees die from a work related cancer. In September and October 2014 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ran a campaign to improve health and safety on construction sites. HSE Inspectors were tasked with ensuring high-risk activities, […]

SAFER SITES: Targeted inspection initiative for Autumn 2014

From yesterday, 22 September 2014, HSE Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.  Throughout the month long initiative, Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed. If unacceptable standards are found Inspectors will take immediate enforcement action. During inspections, […]

NQIT announces inspection initiative looking at exposure to silica in quarries

During 2014 and 2015, the National Quarries Inspection Team (NQIT) will undertake an initiative looking at the measures taken in quarries to control exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). A number of visits to sites will be timed to coincide with the broader campaign being run by the HSE’s Construction Division later on this month.  You can find […]

Does your face fit?

Many professionals within the construction industry are waking up to the risks posed by airborne dust particles, yet there are many whose awareness of the legal requirements remains worryingly limited. Everybody jumps at the very hint of asbestos fibres, yet attitudes remain blasé toward other harmful substances, such as silica and wood dust which can […]