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Dust can be a problem in almost any industry. The hazards of dust like silica and wood are well recognised, but there are many more substances that generate dusts which are hazardous to health.

Exposure to all dusts is to be prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled. Some activities that can create dust include:

· Cutting (e.g. paving stones, timber)

· Cleaning and maintenance work

· Filling or emptying bins, skips or other containers

· Milling, grinding or sanding

Exposure to dust in excessive amounts can cause serious respiratory problems. Harmful effects can vary from skin irritation to lung cancer, depending on the composition of the dust and the type and degree of exposure.

Employers have a duty under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 to ensure that employees exposure to hazardous substances is prevented or, if this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.


Logic can provide guidance and support in helping companies achieve compliance and keep employees and those affected by their work healthy and safe. We can offer practical advice, guidance and industry best practice based on our consultants many years of experience working with contractors and businesses across a vast range of work types and locations.

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