Ceramics silica

This information will help employers (including the self-employed) comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and protect workers' health.

Ceramics silica [CN]

CR0: Advice for managers

This information will help managers to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure and protect workers' health.

CR1: Glaze and colour preparation

This sheet describes good practice for the control of exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) during the preparation of glazes and colours. Preparation covers the weighing out of glaze and colour powders, and their mixing to form a water-based preparation in the ceramics industry. It covers the key points you need to follow to reduce exposure to an adequate level. Follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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CR2: Casting

This sheet describes good practice for the control of exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) during casting in the ceramics industry. It covers the key points you need to follow to reduce exposure to an adequate level.It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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CR3: Dry fettling

This sheet describes good practice for the control of exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) during dry fettling items that have been cast, left to dry, but not yet fired, to remove filler/flash/ excess material. The brittle nature of the item means that dust will be generated during fettling. It covers the key points you need to follow to reduce exposure to an adequate level. Follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

This sheet does not cover:

  • wet fettling, using a knife to remove filler/flash/excess, under general ventilation;
  • grinding and polishing of fired items;
  • sponging the item.

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CR4: Kiln loading (placing) and unloading

This sheet describes good practice for the control of exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) during kiln loading (placing) and unloading in the ceramics industry. It covers the key points you need to follow to reduce exposure to an adequate level. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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CR5: Spraying glazes and colours

This sheet describes good practice for the control of exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) during spraying glazes and colours in the ceramics industry. It covers the key points you need to follow to reduce exposure to an adequate level. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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2021-09-09