Dust in the workplace

General principles of protection

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EH44 (Fourth edition)

Many work activities can create dust, and exposure to any dust in excessive amounts can create respiratory problems.

This leaflet describes how to control exposure to dust at work to avoid ill health. It is for employers and managers, but employees and health and safety professionals may also find it useful.

It will help you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and gives advice on the precautions that may be needed to prevent or adequately control exposure.

Updated: 2021-03-10