Guidance for national labour inspectors on addressing the risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites

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2016

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This guidance document developed for national labour inspectors (NLIs) aims to make inspectors more confident in addressing and regulating RCS risks, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of NLI interventions on construction sites. Construction workers’ health is just as important as their safety, and the key ambition of the SLIC CHEMEX Working Group is to provide guidance that will support NLIs in tackling health risks related to RCS, just as they would tackle safety risks (e.g. working at heights), on Europe’s construction sites.

 

Construction activities are the focus of this guidance:

because of their widespread prevalence across Member States (MSs);

because they are associated with high risks in terms of both the potential for exposure (personal) and the large number of workers potentially exposed (societal); and

because this sector is not a participant in the European Social Dialogue Agreement (with the European Network on Silica (NEPSI)) on Workers’ Health Protection through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing It.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
STAVEBNICTVÍ
Provider: 
Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC)
Tasks covered: 
Construction
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Fibres
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Hazard - health effects: 
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Ingestion
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

 

Silica (The cutting, breaking, crushing, drilling, grinding, or abrasive blasting of silica-containing materials produces airborne dust containing a range of sizes of crystalline silica particles, some of which can be inhaled).

Asbestos.

 

CAS Number: 
12172-73-5
14808-60-7
EC number: 
601-801-3
930-007-2
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Other

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