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Respirable crystalline silica social partner agreement

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HSE has an interest.

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The members of the multi-sectorial Negotiation Platform on Silica (NePSi) have signed an autonomous 'Agreement on Workers Health Protection through the good handling and use of Crystalline Silica and products containing it' which came into effect on 25 October 2006. This agreement aims to improve the protection of over two million workers employed in the by the signatory sectors from exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). The guidance covers almost every possible task in the industry sectors and advice is included on dust monitoring, health surveillance, training and research.

Although the Silica Social Dialogue Agreement does not formally cover the construction industry, there is a considerable amount of useful information in the Social Dialogue Agreement Good Practice Guide and Good Practice Sheets.

HSE has welcomed the Agreement. It will contribute to the overall aim of improving good practice in industries where there is exposure to RCS.


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Updated 2021-06-08