HSE offers free training to combat construction dust

by Alex on August 13, 2013

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If the HANDS HQ Guide to Construction Dust wasn’t enough for you, HSE has announced a free seminar in Coalville, Leicestershire, to educate members of the construction industry about the dangers posed by dust.

Common jobs such as cutting concrete, sanding wood or drilling in enclosed spaces can be highly risky for workers if not properly controlled. To combat this problem, HSE and partner Working Well Together are offering a half day training course dealing with simple steps to control dust in the workplace.

The event, taking place on September 20th, is geared towards managers, supervisors and operators, with the aim of raising awareness of the health risks caused by dust inhalation. Over 500 workers die per year from the effects of inhaling silica, wood and lower toxicity dusts. HSE figures show that silica inhalation is responsible for approximately 10 deaths a week from illnesses such as silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.

Attendees will experience practical sessions and demonstrations focusing on extraction systems, water suppression and respiratory protective equipment, along with a keynote from HSE dust czar Chris Lucas.

“Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a serious risk to workers’ health,” said Lucas, a member of HSE’s Health Risk Management Unit, “Regularly breathing in even small amounts of dust over a long time can cause life-changing and life-threatening lung diseases, including cancer.”

On a lighter note, all delegates will receive an attendance certificate, and can enter a prize draw of a face fit testing kit donated by major sponsor 3M. Places are limited, so book now by calling HSE visiting officer Ian Weekes on 0115 971 2871.

After learning how to mitigate dust risks, there’s no better way to apply your new knowledge than by creating site-specific RAMS documents with HANDS HQ. Our online tools make writing risk assessments and method statements quick, easy, and fuss-free.

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