Authors: Dr. Reinhold Rühl, Dr. Olaf Wirth
Dust, which is omnipresent on construction sites, can be harmful to the health of construction workers. Therefore, dust prevention is a priority for occupational health and safety in the construction industry.
This EU funded research report was elaborated in the framework of a European social partner project entitled “Reducing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Effectively”,
which aims to implement best practices in the prevention of exposure to quartz dust.
The report presents procedures and practices that ensure compliance, for most construction activities, with the EU occupational exposure limit value for RCS.
It discusses advanced practices and persisting challenges in the sector, based on collected exposure data, technical articles and practical experience on construction sites from all over the world, focusing on Europe.