Ductwork in Dust Control
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974, employers have a responsibility to regulate their employees’ working environment, ensuring they are as safe as possible and not exposed to anything which may hinder their wellbeing.
Under this remit, falls workplace dust. Dust is created whenever a material is worked in any way or moved. Dust in the workplace, composed of fine particulates, can be extremely harmful to employee health.
Airborne dust is not always visible, and the effects may take years to manifest themselves. Such effects include fibrosis, asthma, and possibly even skin and eye irritation.
Some substances may be subject to COSHH regulations if they are deemed to be hazardous or threatening to health in any way and may even have a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL).
Even those that are not subject to COSHH or WEL regulations may be dangerous if employees are continuously exposed.
In light of this, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that adequate control measures are implemented, including protective clothing where required, washing facilities and LEV extraction, supplied by clean and functional ductwork.
The implementation and maintenance of proper ductwork and ventilation are absolutely vital in dust-heavy work environments, even if this ventilation is as simple as on-tool extraction.
In order to ensure that employees are kept safe and informed as to the latest practices and legislation, it is possible to undertake a series of professional seminars and training courses, allowing employers and employees alike to understand the requirements.
These courses are offered by government bodies including HSE, but also by organisations such as Ductbusters.
At Ductbusters, we offer CPD seminars on ductwork cleaning and fire damper testing CPD seminars at clients’ premises.
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