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.
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