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Working with dust

Dealing With Dust

A huge range of products from bricks to blocks, mortar to roof tiles, masonry to concrete, contain silica. It’s perfectly safe, but as soon as you start cutting, drilling or grinding, it forms a fine dust.

No matter what you do, if you work in construction, you’ll come into contact with silica dust. Regular exposure, even of small amounts, increases the risk of developing diseases that can disable or even kill you - up to 500 people a year die because of the effects of silica dust.

However, there are lots of ways of protecting yourself, by using dust extraction equipment, respirators or by using a different tool to do the job. We can help you with a whole range of dust extraction, dust suppression, and dust screening systems.

Working With Dust

COSHH regulations

If you’re an employer, you’ll need to abide by COSHH regulations. You’ll need to -

  • Check the risks to your workers and decide what controls to use
  • Make sure that you and your workers use the controls properly
  • Tell your workers about the risks to their health
  • Train them on how to handle dust

And we can use all our experience, expertise and equipment to make working with dust easier for you and your employees -

  • Dust extraction vacuums and semi-mobile systems
  • ATEX Zone 22-approved dust extraction
  • Air cleaners
  • Extraction guards and boots
  • Atomised water suppression
  • Fogging cannons
  • Extractor fans
  • Dust monitoring
  • Temporary screening

Facts about Dust

The HSE reported that they estimate around 38,000 individuals suffering breathing and lung problems in the UK. There are around 8,000 deaths per year as a result of occupational cancer. Protect yourself, don’t ignore dust.

Many of the materials used throughout the construction industry contain quartz, due to the serious health issues caused by exposure to these dust particles, EU member states have developed exposure limits for different types of dust and laws to protect the operator.

Inhalable dust: This is airborne particles that are breathed into the airways and deposited in the respiratory tract. These particles are usually cleared by mucus.

Respirable dust: This refers to the finer particles that penetrate deep in to the lungs. Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) can cause scar tissue of the lung which in turn leads to silicosis

Committed to Reducing Dust

Hire Station is committed to delivering effective solutions and services that meet your requirements and improve your productivity. We offer a wide range of products with integrated dust collection systems and also compact, battery-operated dust collection systems that enable you to work safely without losing the freedom that cordless products offer

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