Construction dust may contain hazards like asbestos, lead and silica that may cause serious heath effects and even death.
If you work in a dusty environment, wear an approved respirator to protect yourself, wash your hands and don’t wear contaminated clothing home.
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One of the most common construction-industry dust exposures is silica – one of the most abundant elements on Earth – and part of nearly all construction materials that can make dust when sawing, grinding, jack hammering or crushing.
Silicosis is a disabling lung disease caused by over-exposure to silica dust. Inhaling silica crystals can also be related to bronchitis and other lung disease.
To reduce risk, reduce exposure by
- using wet methods for drilling and sawing concrete
- using vacuums with filters instead of dry sweeping or using compressed air to sweep areas clean
- using exhaust systems with power tools
- maintaining good ventilation
- protecting workers with respirators