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Guidance for national labour inspectors on addressing the risks of worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica

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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 respirable crystalline silica (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.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
STATYBA
Provider: 
The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) and the European Commission
Tasks covered: 
Construction
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Exposure route: 
Ingestion
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

 

crystalline silica, silicon

 

CAS Number: 
crystalline silica 68855-54-9
silicon 7440-21-3
Aluminum Oxide 102110-19-0
EC number: 
crystalline silica 272-489-0
silicon 231-130-8
Aluminum Oxide 310-017-8
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
Measurement and assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Researchers
Safety officers
Workers

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