You may be exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) when handling cement, spraying concrete, or cutting pavement slabs using a powered tool on a construction site. Exposure to welding and metal grinding can lead to acute and chronic health effects.
Even after following the hierarchy of control measures, it may not be possible to reduce exposure to a level as low as is reasonably practicable. 3M recognises the problem as one of the biggest challenges in construction industry.
Free 3M educational webinar: Silica and welding hazards in construction
Date: Wednesday November 23, 2022
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm (GMT)
During this webinar, 3M industry experts will walk you through some of the hazards, best practices and suggested PPE solutions for airborne particulate hazards. We will focus on potential exposure to RCS and welding fume on a construction site which can cause serious and irreversible health effects.
Using personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defence, and when selecting PPE, consideration should be given to the wearer, work task and work environment. When safety for employees who are exposed to airborne hazards is a priority, everyone on your team stands to benefit.
In Europe, over 5 million workers are potentially exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) and more than 4 million people are directly employed in the construction industry. Each year 8000 new cases of diseases are linked to RCS in the European Union.
Exposure to RCS not only causes congestion of the airways leading to shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but also cancer of the lungs. Similarly, exposure to certain metals including chromium hexavalent and manganese can lead to development of lung cancer.
The webinar will last approx. 45 minutes. Register for free.
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