Dangers of Dust in Construction! - Fiontar Group

Dangers of Dust in Construction!

Tue 18, 2023

Dust can have severe consequences if not properly managed.

Dust is primarily composed of particles that become airborne during various construction activities such as cutting, grinding, drilling, and demolishing. Inhalation of these dust particles can lead to a range of respiratory and other serious health problems.

⚠️ Silica Dust: One of the most hazardous types of dust encountered in construction is silica dust, which is created when cutting, grinding, or blasting materials like concrete, stone, or brick.

⚠️ Asbestos: Older buildings or those undergoing renovation might contain asbestos. When disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air, posing a significant risk when inhaled.

⚠️ Eye and Skin Irritation: Dust particles can irritate and damage the delicate tissues of your eyes, leading to redness, itching, and in severe cases, corneal abrasions.

⚠️ Slips, Trips, and Falls: Accumulation of dust on construction sites can make surfaces slippery, increasing the risk of slips, trips, and falls.

Put in place preventive measures including:

👍Use engineering controls like wet cutting, local exhaust ventilation, and dust collection systems to minimise dust generation.

👍Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respiratory masks, goggles, and protective clothing.

👍Implement regular cleaning schedules to remove dust from work areas, tools, and equipment.

👍Follow regulatory guidelines and industry best practices for dust control, ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety standards.

Stay safe and breathe easy on the job!