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HSE seminar details the dangers of dust
Published:  13 August, 2013

The Health & Safety Executive is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the risks associated with construction dust.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the risks associated with construction dust. This follows the release of its information sheet, which also provides advice for safety representatives and workers who come into contact with dust.

Every year, 500 workers die from the effects of inhaling dust from materials such as concrete, wood, mortar, gypsum or sandstone.

The upcoming half-day event, organised by the Working Well Together group, takes place in Coalville, Leicestershire on Friday 20 September. It aims to raise awareness among managers, supervisors and operatives, of the health problems caused by dust and the simple steps that should be taken to control it. Practical sessions and demonstrations will focus on extraction systems, water suppression and respiratory protective equipment.

Chris Lucas of HSE's health risk management unit, who will be speaking at the event, explained: "Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a serious risk to workers' health. Regularly breathing in even small amounts of dust over a long time can cause life-changing and life-threatening lung diseases, including cancer.

"Common jobs like cutting or grinding concrete, chasing out mortar, drilling in enclosed spaces or sanding wood can be high risk if not properly controlled."

For more information or to book a place, contact HSE visiting officer Ian Weekes on 0115 971 2871.