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Harmful dust in construction

Highlighting the harm caused by work-related lung disease

HSE has gathered a number of short YouTube videos under the banner “Go Home Healthy - Work-related Lung disease” to highlight the main issues and consequences of work-related lung disease. 


In the videos the hazards presented by dust are discussed; the efficiency of LEV in capturing welding fumes is demonstrated and Professor David Fishwick explains the impacts of exposure and consequent disease.


Other resources looking at the risks and control of dust at work include “Napo in… dust at work”. This illustrates some of the many situations and substances that generate dust and emphasises the vital need to control exposure to dust at work to avoid ill health.  


HSE's laboratory offers monitoring services for a wide-range of agents that can cause lung disease including dusts, welding fume (both air and biological monitoring), allergens and isocyanates (both air and biological monitoring) as well as expertise in local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and workplace exposure assessments.


Also, Nepsi (the European network on silica) shares “10 Golden Rules” to reduce workers´ exposure to dust; an initiative from the German Fachausschuss Glas-Keramik (expert committee for the ceramics and glass industry, associated with VBG). 



Diesel exhaust fumes

Updated: Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive

On 20 December 2018, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the Commission's second proposal to update the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.


This will bring in new obligations (including occupational exposure limits) for eight priority chemical agents; namely epichlorohydrin, ethylene dibromide, dichloroethane, 4,4'- Methylenedianiline, Trichloroethylene, PAHs, mineral oils and Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions


Additionally, the third amendment (adding five new substances/classes – arsenic, beryllium and cadmium (both air and biological monitoring), formaldehyde and MOCA) has entered into interinstitutional trilogue negotiations.


Explore the links to learn more about the monitoring services HSE's laboratory can offer to help you demonstrate compliance. 


Train with our experts!


Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - 12-13 February 2019

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control - 13 - 14 March 2019

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control - 27 - 28 March 2019


To see all of HSE's training courses coming up in February and March 2019, please click here.


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