ZERO ASBESTOSSILICA DUST
OUR SILICA DUST
Silica dust is generated during tasks like cutting, grinding, and drilling materials containing crystalline silica, which can lead to severe health issues. Zero Asbestos is dedicated to providing a high standard silica dust management service.
We conduct a thorough site assessment to identify potential silica dust sources and assess exposure risks.
Our experienced team implements engineering controls and administrative measures to minimise silica dust exposure.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
We provide high-quality equipment to our workers, ensuring they are protected from silica dust exposure.
Prolonged exposure to silica dust can result in lung cancer, silicosis, and other respiratory diseases, making it a significant health risk for workers in industries like construction, mining, and manufacturing.
Government authorities have imposed strict regulations to manage and control silica dust exposure in the workplace, underscoring the importance of proactive management.
Implementing effective engineering controls, like dust extraction systems and wet methods, is vital to reduce silica dust generation and prevent its dispersal, ensuring a safer work environment.
With extremely rigid controls when removing asbestos, it made sense to transfer this skill set, equipment, and knowledge over to Silica. We can test, remove and decontaminate any silica situation efficiently providing peace of mind knowing we have followed legislative and WPHS requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common tasks that generate silica dust?
Common tasks that generate silica dust include cutting, grinding, drilling, sanding, and blasting materials containing crystalline silica. For example, using power tools on concrete or dry cutting tiles can release silica dust into the air.
Is there a Code of Practice for managing silica dust?
Yes, there is a “Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements,” Code of Practice, 2022.
What is silica dust, and where is it found?
Silica dust, also known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS), is a fine particle produced when cutting, grinding, drilling, or crushing materials containing crystalline silica. These materials include concrete, bricks, tiles, stone, and various construction materials. Silica dust is commonly found in industries like construction, mining, manufacturing, and demolition.
Why is silica dust hazardous to health?
Silica dust is hazardous because it can be inhaled deep into the lungs, causing long-term health issues. Prolonged exposure to silica dust can lead to serious respiratory diseases such as silicosis, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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