Dustcontrol offers UK training on silica threat

By Sarah Ann McCay20 September 2012

James Miller, managing director (left) and Phil Haskins, construction sales manager (right) of Dustc

James Miller, managing director (left) and Phil Haskins, construction sales manager (right) of Dustcontrol UK

Dustcontrol, the manufacturer of dust extractors and industrial extraction systems, has introduced a new UK training programme to educate the construction industry on the serious issue of silica within the work place.

The programme will train contractors on the best working practices when dealing with dust extraction. Crystalline silica (otherwise known as quartz) is found in almost all kinds of rock, sands, clays, shale and gravel.

Workers exposed to fine dust containing quartz are at risk of developing chronic and possibly severely disabling lung disease known as "silicosis", according to the UK's Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

"HSE research has shown that there are over 500 silica related deaths a year in the UK. It's the largest cause of occupational lung cancer after asbestos and construction workers have a 2-3 times greater risk of contracting COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)," said Phil Haskins, Dustcontrol UK's construction industry specialist.

Jobs such as cutting or grinding concrete, chasing out mortar, drilling in enclosed spaces or sanding wood/MDF can produce high levels of silica if not properly controlled.

The new Dustcontrol training programme will include onsite talks, which will help contractors meet regulations, improve site conditions and efficiency.

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