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HSE Dust Hub

Dust hub- HSE

This site provides information to help employers control exposure to dust in the workplace. You can also access further information on dust from this site.

Dust is tiny, dry particles in the air and can be produced when materials are cut, drilled, demolished, sanded, shovelled, etc. This means many work activities can create dust. Dust is not always an obvious health hazard as the particles which cause the most damage are often invisible to the naked eye and the health effects of exposure can take many years to develop.

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Does Your Business Comply?

All businesses — large or small — have a legal obligation to ensure a safe working environment.

This means maintaining a dust and fume-free workplace through the removal of solid particles (particulates), liquid droplets (usually aerosols or mists) and vapours or gases. This is critical, because the health consequences for employees working in a hazardous environment can be significant and permanent.

Poor dust and fume management not only exposes workers to risk of harm, but it also has a negative impact on productivity through downtime caused by equipment contamination.

The vast majority of employers take welfare very seriously, but there is also a rigorous compliance regime in place to enforce workplace standards.  

The HSE and Scotland’s Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service issued fines totalling £35.8m to duty holders found guilty of health and safety offences in 2019/20, with the average fine per case being £110,000. So, for companies there is a clear financial (and reputational) incentive – leaving aside the overriding moral obligation – to get things right.

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What the HSE say about LEV

HSEThe information below is taken from the HSE website  (Health and Safety Executive):

The HSE are the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. They are independent regulators and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

“Every year, thousands of workers in Britain develop occupational diseases from breathing in certain dusts, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work.” HSE.

“Local exhaust ventilation, often called dust and/or fume extraction, can help clean the air, before people breathe in these harmful substances.” HSE.

If you use an LEV system to remove dusts, fumes, vapours etc that are produced by your work processes or activities, then you must maintain the LEV in efficient working order so it continues to provide the necessary protection. You should also have a periodic thorough examination and test (at least every 14 months) and must keep this record for at least 5 years. In addition, you should have information on the installed LEV system to confirm it provides adequate protection, which should be kept for the life of the equipment.

In Addition to HSE guidance SEPA may also be involved.

 

SEPA are Scotlands enviromental regulator. They are also responsible for helping to implement Scotland’s National Waste Strategy and controlling, with the Health and Safety Executive, the risk of major accidents at industrial sites.

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