Content library update: cutting roof tiles

by Alex on March 29, 2017

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When cutting roof tiles, workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).  This dust, if breathed in, causes severe lung diseases such as silicosis. Previously HSE allowed valley tiles to be cut using hand held power tools without wet dust suppression systems, which would introduce additional safety hazards, such as slips.

Working in partnership, the HSE and Health and Safety Laboratory have released new guidance on the approved method of roof tile cutting. The main change to your working activities valley tiles are now marked up at roof level and taken to a fixed location where they are cut whilst using engineering controls such as water suppression.

We’ve updated our cutting roof tile activity to include this new method of roof tile cutting and also adjusted the associated risk ratings and residual risk to suit.

You can see more on HSE’s guidance on method’s of roof tile cutting, including a video here

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