When it comes to cleaning up dust, many people brush it, try to blow it away or use a compressed air source. However, these methods will get the dust back up into the air - where it can be breathed in.
Breathing in dusts can be bad for your health. Recent evidence suggests that uncontrolled dust exposure may be linked to COPD.
Once dust is in the air, it is very hard to control. One of the simplest ways of controlling it is to stop it from getting into the air.
Allowing dust to build up increases the chances of it getting into the air. Keep your workplace clean!
- Use a good vacuum cleaner to collect dust. Don’t forget those hard to reach places where dust gathers.
- Do not use compressed air to remove dust, either from surfaces or clothing.
- Where the use of a vacuum cleaner is impractical, damp down the material before removal.
- Health surveillance for those exposed to respirable crystalline silica - G404
- Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust - HSG201