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Health and Safety Guidance Relating to Dust at Work

Dr David J. Edwards

Product Information:
Health and Safety Guidance Relating to Dust at Work
Item Code:  PUB-014
ISBN:  978-1-906977-03-0
Published:  2008
Publisher:  Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC) & Hire Assocation Europe (HAE)
Pages:  42 (Softback)
Price:  25.00   
(Member Price: 17.50)
Produced in assocation with Dustcontrol UK Ltd, Hire Association Europe and Costain..

Dust in its many forms is a significant workplace hazard that can present a variety of health, safety and welfare risks to those workers exposed to it. It can equally represent a hazard to others, such as the general public or people living near to its source. It can also be detrimental to the environment, able to affect plant or crop growth, change soil pH levels or contaminate open water.

Some health effects of dust exposure may take many years to present, often in the form of irreversible medical conditions such as mesothelioma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or lung cancer. Certain dusts are particularly prone to generating disease, for example respirable crystalline silica, exposure to which results in silicosis; others bring with them very specific risks due to their chemical or biological content.

This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject including discussion of what dust is and how it is generated, brief description of the health risks from exposure, details of some relevant legislation and discussion of how the risks from exposure may be minimised or removed.