Construction Industry

On any construction or refurbishment project there will inevitably be fine airborne dust created by people, materials and processes that contains Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)

These fine silica dust particles known as are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye and can remain suspended in the air for hours after being created. Wind and air movement can also spread this invisible hazard around a construction site affecting not just the person who created the hazard but also those working around them and even people living and working nearby. These RCS particles are extremely hazardous and extensive or prolonged exposure to them is known to cause a debilitating lung disease called silicosis, CPOD including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Within the construction industry the most significant respiratory risk after asbestos is presented by exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The HSE is therefore currently planning a Construction Dust Project targeted at the refurbishment, repair and maintenance sector of the industry.