Dust management in construction


Overview
The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to prevent or adequately control construction dust risks on a construction site.

Duration

Minimum half day of 3 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to prevent or adequately control construction dust risks on a construction site.

The scope of this standard includes:

  • the main types of construction dust
  • health risks to those breathing in construction dust
  • legislation regarding exposure to construction dust
  • assessing risks of exposure to construction dust associated with work and materials
  • controlling risks of exposure to construction dust associated with work and materials
  • reviewing controls

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction/supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.

Delivery

Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • e-learning
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

February 2020

Review cycle

Either on request or in 5 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

 The candidate will be able to:
Additional guidance to support learning outcome
describe the different types and sources of construction dust
  • what construction dust is and how classified, to include: silica dust, wood dust, manganese dust, other lower toxicity dusts
describe the potential health risks of exposure to construction dust
  • to include primary and secondary effects: lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, dermatitis
outline current legislation and guidance on preventing or minimising exposure to construction dust
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) or legislation superseding this.
  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Including the requirement for a site survey report detailing extent of any asbestos before commencement of any works considered
  • relevant PPE
explain methods to assess exposure to construction dust risks associated with different works and materials
  • taking into consideration the work task, area, duration and frequency of the work task, risk assessments
  • how far the exposure risk can spread and the effect on others

explain how to control risks of exposure to construction dust associated with different works and materials including:

  • dust management, including use of alternative materials, methods of work
  • opportunities to eliminate the potential for dust created through design and / or re-design  including:
    • reduce cutting
    • reduce toxicity of dust
    • change tools and/or equipment
    • change the method of work
  • examples of poor dust management
  • dust suppression, including use of water
  • correct use of water (and its correct disposal)
  • understanding that whilst water can suppress, it can never be 100% effective
  • dust extraction, including local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and on tool extraction
  • to include individual parts of the system and correct specification for the work task
  • respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • including RPE types, adequacy for the type and amount of dust (assigned protection factor - APF), suitability for the work, disposable or powered, compatibility with other PPE, face fit, press fit and correct use of
  • other controls maintenance and cleaning of equipment
  • restricting or limiting access to the work area, rotation of those doing the task, general mechanical ventilation, selection of clothing and other PPE (as a barrier to dust and that does not collect dust), correct use of PPE, removal of PPE and what happens to the PPE after use

review controls including:

  • what to do if something goes wrong
  • checking controls are effective and that work methods and procedures are being followed
  • to consider: training requirements, procedures and methods of work, checks and monitoring of dust levels, maintenance of equipment, health surveillance programmes.

Additional information about this standard

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) construction information sheets and guidance

Construction Dust  
Construction dust - What you need to know as a busy builder
Dust control on cut-off saws used for stone or concrete cutting
Portland Cement Dust Hazard assessment document Controlling construction dust with on-tool extraction

Portland Cement Dust Hazard assessment document

Cement

Control of exposure to silica dust - A guide for employees

Using cut-off saws - A guide to protecting your lungs

Health surveillance for those exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS)

Respiratory protective equipment at work A practical guide

Time to clear the air! A workers’ pocket guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

Clearing the air A simple guide to buying and using local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

Controlling airborne contaminants at work A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

Breathe freely A workers’ information card on occupational asthma

  • Breathe Freely – Controlling exposures to prevenet occupational lung disease in industry
  • No time to lose
  • Legislation

    • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
    • Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974
    • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR ) 2013
    • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
    • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

     

    Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012