Stone dust - guidance revision

Most rocks, sands, clays and also products such as bricks, tiles and concrete
contain crystalline silica.

When these materials are worked, eg cut, sanded, carved, ground etc, dust is
created, part of which is sufficiently fine to be termed Respirable Crystalline
Silica (RCS) which can lead to serious health conditions.

Employers have a range of actions presented in a revised publication "Stone
dust and you", that need to be carried out in different situations when
employees are exposed.

In general the publication reminds:

Stone dust can damage your health!

Remember ­ keep the dust down, don't breathe it in!

  • Could you use a different type of stone?
  • Could you use water suppression?
  • Are your dust extraction systems working properly?
  • Do you use the right type of respiratory protection? Is it clean? Does it fit
  • Do you vacuum up the dust or wash it down after work?

Further info

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and safety executive