There’s so much sh*t on site. All the materials, the dust and well… the apprentice’s. It can be tough to shake it all off when you leave site. But, could one of these things actually be killing you? And no, it’s not all the stress caused by the apprentice.

In fact, it’s the dust.

Typically, it may be believed that this kind of thing should only be a concern if you find asbestos. But, this is not the case. Instead, dust can not only be an issue for yourself, but also your other workmates and customers too. For example, Silica dust can be extremely harmful for workers if they are not protected.

A natural mineral, it can be found in a whole host of different materials. Even in stuff like concrete and mortar! So, when these materials are cut, the silica is then ground down into a fine dust which can cause a whole host of health damage to those breathing it in.

And that’s not all. There are so many different types of dust on site it can be hard to know how to protect yourself from the dangers they pose. Therefore, we decided to ask safety specialists Univar for their advice on the matter.

“Usually the type of job you are doing will stipulate the type of dust control that you will need.”

“For example, if you are sanding wood then a dust extractor will work well.”

“If you are knocking down a wall to build an extension then you may need to create a protective barrier.”

“There are a number of different solutions for controlling dust including, dust barriers like the Zipwall dust barrier system which can quickly create a temporary dust barrier to seal off rooms or specific areas to contain dust while working.”

“Not only that, but as well as the health aspects of dust on site there is also the emotional damage that dust can cause.”

“Let’s say you are working in a customers house stripping out a kitchen for a client, as a customer the last thing you want is the rest of your house covered in dust from the kitchen refit.”

“Many customers rate their contractor by the state that they left their house in during and after the work has taken place, and word of mouth is the biggest form of advertising for your business so the last thing you want is to be known as a messy contractor.”

“Dust control is not limited to creating a barrier.”

“We recommend you always wear the appropriate PPE when carrying out any work involving dust.”

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So what do you think of this? How do you protect yourself from dust on site? Let us know in the comments below.

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