NEW HAE recommendations for the Hire industry.
Almost every job onsite creates dust and it’s virtually impossible to see. But drilling, breaking, grinding, sawing and construction materials like concrete and masonry contain small silica particles that are harmful if exposed to on regular basis.
As a hire company you take back into your workplace all the equipment that has been used for the purposes above. More often than not they are filthy and need cleaning! You are therefore putting your staff at risk and as an employer you now have a legal responsibility to protect your workers against construction dust.
Your staff now need to be educated on the dangers of dust, not only to meet your Duty of Care, but to ensure operators stay healthy and within legal Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) requirements.
The HAE are also advising that when cleaning equipment care should be taken to minimise the disturbance of dust - airlines and brushes should not be used and filters should not be shaken. Instead the equipment must be vacuumed using either M or H class extraction units.
If your company is seen to be non-compliant, the HSE will issue a 'Fee for Intervention' which currently stands at £124 PER HOUR.