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Do You Know The Risks From Dust?


Dust has hidden Dangers!!

Recent articles in the papers has prompted me to remind you all of the hidden dangers of dust.  Probably something you don’t always think about and not at all when only doing a small job.

  • You need to wear a dust mask when doing the following jobs:
  • When carrying out most plaster work, particularly the fine powder plaster skim
  • Preparation work which involves sanding plaster or paint work.
  • Work using power tools such as sanders.
  • Carrying out preparation work particularly in houses built before the 1960’s.
  • When using abrasives.
  • Working with MDF
  • Some Aerosols
  • Asbestos

Do you know the risks?

  1. AS AN IRRITANT: A common problem, particularly when machining the likes of MDF, the dust generated is extremely powdery and invasive, and it is an irritant to the nose and throat.
  2. LONG TERM DAMAGE: Airborne parti­culates, water-based and oil-based aerosols, and some vapours above a certain level require a dust mask in order to protect the lungs from long term damage.
  3. IRRE­VER­SIBLE: Damage which can occur to our lungs from dust can be irre­ver­sible. Inhaling the needle-like fibres of asbestos, for example, causes the serious and potentially fatal lung disease asbestosis.

Employers are under a legal obligation to ensure their staffs wear a dust mask?

Most building and decorating companies have a respon­sibility to ensure no harm comes to employees at work and this involves ensuring dust masks are used at all times.

Do you ensure your employees wear dust masks to protect themselves?

Do you wear a dust mask when necessary?

Greengates Builders Merchants, Lancashire asks you to think about the harm dust can do to you and to others.

Contact Greengates Builders Merchants, Lancashire today to purchase your dust mask!

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