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.
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).