HSE inspectors are visiting manufacturing businesses to ensure workers’ health is being protected from the risks of respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
Inspectors are checking that employers and their workers know the risks and have control measures in place to prevent exposure to RCS which can cause irreversible lung disease in breathed in over time.
Silica is a natural substance found in varying amounts in most stone, rocks, sand and clay. These materials may contain large amounts of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), which can be fatal if particles are breathed in over time.
Control exposure to RCS dust to stay safe. There is a legal duty for employers to prevent, or adequately control, worker exposure to RCS dust. We have advice for those working in brickwork manufacturing, stonework and foundries to help you understand the risks of working with silica.
Your employer has a legal duty to protect your health.
Workers have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions at work. Workers must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.
To protect employees and others, employers should comply with the workplace
health and safety requirements in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Regulations 2002 (COSHH).
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