Silica is the next largest risk to workers after asbestos.
Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. Fine silica dust is created by undertaking many construction tasks such as; grinding, drilling and cutting.
Silica dust is not visible to the human eye. Only a small amount of silica dust in the air is enough to be considered a risk. The most effective way to prevent Silica dust exposure is to keep it out of the air.
When this dust is inhaled, it can cause serious harm to vital organs such as lungs and kidneys. Which could cause life changing diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), Asthma and Silicosis. Recent research conducted by HSE found that 4000 people die every year from chronic lung conditions.
It is vital that you know the dangers of Silica dust and how to prevent the damage it causes.
When dry sweeping is required, as other methods such as wet sweeping or HEPA vacuuming are not possible, HSE allow the use of dry sweeping with a HEPA filtration. For more information visit www.hse.gov.uk/
Hako Machines Ltd are now able to provide HEPA filters in all of their sweeper machines, HEPA filters can trap particles both large and small including Silica dust to reduce the risk of the harm caused by Silica in the air.
To order your HEPA filter call Hako Machines Ltd today on 01788 825 600 or email CST@hako.co.uk.