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Stone industry - what kind of work protection are they providing?

Tamara Parris

This is the question I asked after reading this article that says the "Health and Safety Executive is urging the stone industry to do more to protect workers’ health following findings of a recent inspection initiative in the south of England."

Reading on it states that they found serious breaches at over half (35) of the premises they visited.

They highlighted 4 common areas of concern:

- control of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), a hazardous dust which can damage health;

- handling and storage of stone;

- poor machinery guarding; and

air compressors can create an explosion risk.

It also mentioned that businesses where also not aware the workplace exposure limit was revised in 2006 from 0.3 mg/m3 to 0.1mg/m3 so they should be taking more control measures.

Key workplace issues area the article mentions:

- Dry sweeping which can put fine ‘respirable’ stone dust back into the workplace air;

- Extraction systems which are intended to protect workers by removing stone dust from air in the workplace; and

- Face masks that were inadequate.

Read the original here, and please share your thoughts and comments below this post:

October 26, 2015 @ 01:42 PM EDT

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