HSE conduct review of silica

HSE conduct review of silica dust within demolition industry. Silica has quickly become recognised for being the biggest risk to construction workers after asbestos. Heavy and prolonged exposure to RCS can cause lung cancer and other serious respiratory diseases.

The HSE have previously conducted some initial studies in to the level of silica dust stemming from construction and demolition sites. Work is now on going to complete further studies more specific to demolition,  with  a report being produced within 2017.

The original HSE report can be viewed from the following link:



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  1. The Summer 2016 issue of the IDE’s “Demolition Engineer” magazine contained an article specially written for the publication which touched upon some of the issues and concerns related to RCS, respirable crystalline silica. I recommend people read the article. Its publication shows that the industry’s only professional institute is at the forefront of all health and safety issues affecting the sector.

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