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The Dangers of Construction Dust

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Construction dust is not merely a nuisance in the workplace – it can also cause silicosis, lung cancer and other serious health problems. It is therefore essential that anyone who works in dusty environments understands the risks and how to mitigate them. This course contains a detailed overview of the various types of dust commonly encountered in the workplace, along with practical steps employers and workers need to take in order to reduce the risks associated with dust exposure.


What You Will Learn:-

  • What construction dust is made of, how different forms of dust are classified, the activities that produce construction dust and the short and long-term risks of dust exposure.
  • How Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) (2002) protect workers from dust exposure and what employers need to do in order to meet their obligations under the law.
  • How Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) can reduce the risk of harmful dust exposure and how to choose the best RPE for the job.
  • Why health surveillance is useful in safeguarding worker health and how to implement an effective health surveillance programme that monitors employees who are exposed to silica dust.

Benefits of Taking This Course

  • If you are an employer, you will benefit from learning how to uphold worker health and safety and meet your obligations under the law.
  • If you work in dusty environments, this course will help you understand the potential risks to your health and empower you to stay safe at work.
  • If you are interested in occupational health, particularly in the construction industry, the information in this course will help you understand the key health consequences of construction dust exposure.
  • This course will help you draw up a comprehensive risk assessment regarding dust exposure, which is helpful for anyone responsible for identifying potential dangers in the workplace.

Course Modules:

  • Module 01: What Is Construction Dust And Why Is It Dangerous?
  • Module 2: COSHH Regulations and Dust Exposure
  • Module 03: Using RPE to Control Dust Exposure
  • Module 04: How to Use Health Surveillance in Controlling Risk from RCS Exposure

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