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On-tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document
Introduction 1. On-tool extraction is an important control solution for construction dust. However, currently the construction industry and its supply chain are unclear about what HSE expects in relation to its selection, use and maintenance. 2. The purpose of this document is to set out HSE’s proposed guidance on these issues and the reasons for it. Key elements of the proposed guidance are highlighted throughout the text in bold. Industry comments are sought on these. Any comments should be forwarded by 13 April 2012 to: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. HSE will review the comments received and the implications that these have on the proposed guidance. Once this review process has been completed there will be a discussion with industry about how to best promote the conclusions. 4. Please note when making comments, this document concerns proposed guidance relating to risk control. HSE cannot take into account any commercial concerns organisations may have except where this has an impact upon proportionality (as discussed below) or the ability of the supply chain to meet the proposals. 5. Please also note that this document does not consider asbestos. Clear HSE guidance already exists on this issue.
The most effective alternative for these situations is on-tool extraction. However. the use of electric power. water is not ideal for many tasks such as those involving vertical surfaces. In construction. limestone. However. Water suppression has been around for a long time. Manufacturers make many different versions of on-tool extraction. wood) or where water staining may create cosmetic damage. soft strip demolition and the handsanding of plaster joints. surfaces that absorb water (e. Its use is an accepted control at source for some work such as kerb. cement. as follows: -2- . stones and rocks including sandstone and granite. • • 7.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document Dust and the Construction Industry 6. Airborne dusts can present significant respiratory risks on construction sites. two main methods are used to control dust created by power tools.g. On-tool extraction like any other LEV system consists of a number of interlinked components. 8. There are some common construction jobs that create large amounts of dust. ‘Mixed’ dusts – There are a number of construction products that can produce mixed dusts of varying degrees of harm. transported. The main dusts of concern are: • Silica dust – Silica is a common substance present in large amounts in natural materials such as sand. bricks and blocks. especially if work is done indoors or in an enclosed / poorly ventilated area. filtered and collected. The most common ones include gypsum. The silica is broken into very fine dust (also known as Respirable Crystalline Silica or RCS) during many common tasks such as cutting. marble and dolomite. Wood dust – Wood is widely used in construction and is found in two main forms. To achieve effective control. mortar. On-tool extraction is a form of local exhaust ventilation (LEV). This is so that the tool can be operated normally while ensuring that the construction dust is captured. They are responsible for a major proportion of the non-asbestos lung diseases including cancers that develop. Other wood-based products are also commonly used including MDF and chipboard. the silica will be the main risk. It is often called silica dust. the most common involve the use of power tools such as cut-off saws. grinders. On-tool extraction 9. softwood and hardwood. drilling and grinding. paving or block cutting with a cut-off saw. breakers and sanders. These can create very high dust levels. However. These may contain small amounts of silica but these amounts are not significant enough to be the main risk. It is also commonly found in many construction materials such as concrete. grit blasting. These include sweeping. ‘Mixed dusts’ (see below) will also be created during these tasks. The key design considerations are. the on-tool extraction needs to be properly designed around the work equipment and the operator.
this exposure needs to be adequately controlled.g. There are detailed requirements within COSHH about what constitutes adequate control. 11. The main requirement of COSHH is to prevent workers being exposed to such substances.e. However.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document – the way dust is captured and removed as the tool operates is matched to the way it is created– blades. -3- . Poor design or performance of any item can have a great impact on effectiveness of the system and the level of protection it provides. sanding pads. Where this is not reasonably practicable. – accessories – such as tubing – transfer the dust from the capture device to a collection unit. the higher the standard needed to meet the law. – Maintenance – The equipment must be properly maintained and inspected so that it continues to give the right protection. – the power tool is fitted with a capturing (capture or captor) hood around the cutting tool to collect and channel the dust away from the blade etc and minimise the dust escaping into the air. If the capture hood is ineffective for any reason (e. 10. design. – Use – The correct on-tool extraction method must be used properly. 12. Dust Control and the Law. the most critical part is the capture device. grinding surfaces create dust in different ways. (Note that filter ‘cloth’ bags attached directly to the tool are also available but are not discussed in this document). damage or deterioration) then dust control will not be achieved. The greater the risk. The main legislation covering construction dusts is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)1 – more commonly known as COSHH. All the on-tool extraction components are critical to ensure an effective control system. – Training – Workers must be trained so they know how to use and maintain the on-tool extraction system. – collection unit – a separate extraction machine to collect the dust and stop it getting into the air – i. filtered or trapped by other means. chisels. Of greatest importance to this discussion are the following: – Proportionate Control – The cost and effort linked to the provision of on-tool extraction should be proportionate to the health risk. saws.
Causes COPD. – On-tool extraction can reduce exposures from common power tool tasks. There is also silica and mixed dusts. Studies have demonstrated that significant reductions in worker exposure in excess of 90 % are achievable. The level of risk generated by the work depends on the many factors including: – Type and quantity of dust – this nature of the work. It is therefore not possible within this document to discuss what is proportionate for every situation. This is the most complex issue of the COSHH requirements. mixed dust pneumoconiosis and more minor changes in lung function Risk Serious Conclusions High degree of controls needed High degree of controls needed Wood Serious Mixed Dust Significant High degree of controls needed but not as stringent as for silica / wood • Effectiveness of On-tool Extraction 15. – Location – enclosed spaces can have higher exposures compared to the same work done outside. There is a big of dust generated by manual and sanding and drilling. -4- . is dependent on the type and difference between the amount powered tool activities such as a big difference in risk between – Duration – the longer the exposure the greater the risk. A review of published literature covering on-tool controls has recently been undertaken by HSE2. On-tool extraction needs to effectively capture the hazardous dust at source. A sensitiser linked to asthma and COPD. Hardwood dust also causes nasal cancer. This applies to all types of hazardous dusts and construction activities. more generalized conclusions are summarised below: Dust Silica Hazard Causes silicosis and COPD. What is proportionate to control risks for grit blasting is very different from the controls for drilling a few wall holes. The level of control for construction dust needs to be proportionate to the risk created by the work activity. Greater risks require higher standards of control. Among the conclusions reached were: – Exposure to dusts created by power tool use can be excessive without some form of control.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document Proportionate Control 13. It also causes lung cancer. However. The circumstances and conditions of construction work activities can vary greatly. 14.
Integrated systems provide more effective control and can provide greater reductions in exposure. in the main these focus on fixed systems commonly found in manufacturing premises. filters etc from fixed systems will apply. the collection hood. – On-tool controls never completely eliminate exposure and levels could not always be reduced below the relevant Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) under COSHH. although some details about hood design. • Extraction System 18. the removal. Some studies found only partial or no significant reductions in exposure where the systems were poorly designed. To fill this gap the text below contains proposed HSE guidance (highlighted in bold) and the reasons for this. vacuum and collection/filtration). – Individual parts of the system should be designed / selected to operate together. It includes those areas where different benchmarks are needed for lower risk mixed dusts and the higher risks created by silica and wood. filtration and collection system (the connecting hoses. HSE currently has a number of sources of information on extraction systems (see Annex 1 for a full list). especially for silica. This means respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may also be needed. – On-tool controls introduce operator issues. Some studies noted that these issues improved as operators became more familiar with new tools. However. The studies demonstrate that on-tool extraction can provide effective control when a well designed system is properly used. – On-tool controls should be regarded as a complete system. Hood design and extraction unit selection are key elements in this. Training is therefore an important part of achieving and maintaining good control. On-tool Extraction Guidance 16. no significant differences were found in control effectiveness. Because of this the following general principles of design / selection are proposed. When compared to on-tool extraction. On-tool control should be considered as a complete system comprising the power tool. 17. The issues include difficulty in handling and using some tools leading to reductions in productivity. -5- . Defining clear guidance for on-tool control and extraction equipment is therefore a crucial element in getting the construction industry to improve their uptake of this control measure. the cutting blade or surface.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document – Water suppression is known to be an effective control for reducing dust exposure. Information about on-tool systems relevant to the construction industry is more limited.
Different types of design are used for different tasks. – The extraction unit should be appropriate for the dust hazard / risk (see below). The extraction and filtration unit is another vital part of the system for achieving good control. However. Capture efficiency is optimised when the hood is as flush as possible to the work surface. They also need to safely store the dust that is captured. the following general principles of design / selection are proposed. – The hood should be shaped and designed around the cutting/ contact point. The following general principles of design / selection are proposed. rims and narrow angles are best avoided so that effective airflow is not restricted. It should work 'with' the way that the dust is generated by the tool. Sharp edges. The hood is essentially a device to collect the dust at its point of generation. It should also be large enough and empty quickly into the extraction unit so that escape of dust is minimised. Dust needs to be extracted in the direction that the cloud is being propelled. draw in and remove the dustladen air. – Hood design should be specific for the powered equipment and take into account that different equipment and cutting activities may release dust into the air in different ways. Where possible dust should be directed into the extraction zone rather than away from it. The most important part of the on-tool extraction system power tool is the capturing (capture or captor) hood.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document • Capture Hood Design 19. The units need to create and maintain enough air movement to be able to capture and remove the dust as fast as it is created. It should be easy to use and not inhibit/interfere with the work activity. to ensure that the air movement created by the attached extraction unit is focussed in the most effective way to ‘capture’. – When in use the hood should be able to be located as close as possible to the cutting or contact point. The extraction unit needs to be able to create enough air movement to be able to capture and remove the dust as fast as it is created. • Extraction Source 20. – Mechanisms should be available to maintain the required air flow throughout the period of use where needed. Dust will escape through any gaps between the hood and the material. – The hood should be designed to optimise capture and flow efficiency. Some -6- . They all work on the same principles. – The air flow rate should match the task / tool. These are typically a mobile industrial extraction unit on a construction site.
Therefore filter class selection is critical in this context. The size of the filtration/collection device determines the overall practicability of the system. This European standard contains an annex detailing requirements for vacuum cleaners and extractors used for collecting hazardous dusts. EN 60335-2-69:2009 3) which relates to the filter specification and performance of vacuum cleaners. This can cause the filter (see below) to become ‘caked’ or clogged and the air flow rate to drop. While the main factor in achieving this is hood design. – An appropriate dust collection device is needed that is capable of retaining the material extracted. – Units should have effective filters if extracted air is exhausted out of the vacuum into the work environment. • Extraction Unit Classification 21. the other parts of the system must ensure that dust transfer. The standard categorises extractors into three types: – L-class or Light Hazard – M-class or Medium Hazard – H-class or High Hazard 23. Any dust not trapped within the extraction unit’s filter will be re-circulated back into the workplace. The key feature of the former is a system which ensures maximum and sustained capture effectiveness. The design and use characteristics for an on-tool extraction system have significant differences from those of vacuum cleaners. The different filter classes are designed for use with different hazardous dusts.g. The filter classes set performance limits for the maximum percentage of particular hazardous dusts that can penetrate through the filter back into the work environment. 22. Guidance is available in European Standards (e.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document tasks can generate a lot of dust in a very short period of time. filtration and collection do not impede operation or usability through filter saturation or blockages. -7- . drilling and sanding activities. Also to be a practical option the on-tool extraction system needs to be able to deal with the large quantities of dust that is often produced in cutting.
a considered review of the available evidence would support the proposal that: – A minimum of a class M unit is used as part of on-tool extraction systems for silica and wood dust on construction sites. These features include: – An indicator that operates before the air velocity falls below 20 m/s (or more if stated by the manufacture). 25. – A device used to collect the dust for emptying that can be removed with only the smallest amount of dust escaping.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document Class Suitable for hazardous dusts Filter Leakage as % of collected dust Less than 1% Less than 0. – Ensuring the speed of the air exhausted from the machine does not unduly disturb any dust lying on the floor.005% 24. – Adjustments to the air velocity that can be undertaken without tools (i. However. Where these are in-built / automatic they should not affect the efficiency of the filter. -8- .1 mg/m3 including carcinogenic dusts and dusts contaminated with carcinogens and/or pathogens H Less than 0. Class M and H units are for higher hazard substances where there is serious risk. 26. Previous HSE advice has been limited on this issue. Where it has been noted a Class H unit has been recommended for both types of dust.0 mg/m3 With a WEL greater than or equal to 0.1% L M With a WEL greater than 1. – A main filter that will not be damaged if the vacuum accidentally sucks in nails or other sharp objects. These classes of vacuum units have higher specifications compared with Class L equipment. • Extraction Unit Specification – Silica and Wood Dust.1 mg/m3 With a WEL less than 0.e. easily by the operator). The reasons for this are as follows: – The HSE commissioned report2 on on-tool extraction systems has concluded that a minimum of a Class M vacuum cleaner is appropriate for dusts containing crystalline silica as part of an on-tool LEV system.
Interfere with the work as little as possible. However. For certain work this can make it more cumbersome and inflexible for peripatetic use common to much construction work. It is not therefore appropriate to apply a different standard for wood dust in the UK.g. Robust and hardwearing and capable of withstanding the rough and tough /harsh conditions of construction sites. Current discussion concerning revisions to EN 603352-69:2009 are also likely to recommend that. While the construction industry is not a signatory to this agreement. This will include enforcement where appropriate. – Use of M class vacuums are contained in the Good Practice Guide4 annexed to the Social Dialogue Agreement on Worker’s Health Protection through the Good Handling and Use of Respirable Crystalline Silica and Products Containing it (also known by the acronym NEPSI). -9- . lightweight. – Including M class machines for silica and wood dust will increase the availability of machines for construction workers to use. compact. This means they need to be: • • • Easy to move around (e. class M should also be used for picking up mineral dust (containing quartz). as a minimum. Specifically sheets 2.201 of EN 60335-2-69:2009 states that a class M vacuum is the minimum required for wood dust. If they are not then they will not be used. This means that they are capable of maintaining the correct volume flow rate for longer.22. Therefore there needs to be enough equipment available to allow compliance with the law. – Control systems need to be practical and useable.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document – Section AA.14 in the series refer to common construction tasks such as cutting. easily transportable in vans and up and down stairs etc). In simpler Class H units the heavy dust loading from the work activity can cause blockages in the HEPA filter which the machines self-cleaning mechanism may not be able to clear. such equipment can be more bulky due to the complexity of the filtration/collection system.1. Again it would not be appropriate to apply a different standard to the UK. HSE will continue to promote extraction as a priority topic. – Class M vacuums can be less susceptible to filter over-loading. sanding or chasing silica containing material. adoption of H class units would again mean applying a different UK standard for the same tasks. This problem can be off-set by the use of pre-filters to remove the majority of dust before it gets to the final HEPA filter.
10 - . This gives flexibility / a one size fits all approach for construction workers who may encounter different dust types during a days work. – Tubing connecting the tool and extraction unit should be of the right length and diameter. L class machines are not required to have some of the protection devices built into the higher standard machines. For example. This has an impact on proportionality. Nevertheless a class L unit is still capable of providing a high degree of control when considered as part of an on-tool extraction system. – When in operation. sanding pads should have enough perforations / holes to allow the dust to be extracted through them. Tubing of the wrong dimensions can affect velocity of the air flow. As mentioned above. blades etc should not prevent effective extraction of dust laden air. especially where dust levels may be high and the flow rate would drop without filter cleaning devices that are automatic or easy to use. • Extraction Unit Specification – Mixed Dusts.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document – M class units can also be cheaper to purchase. – There should be a good connection between the tubing and the tool / vacuum. 27. The following general principles of design / selection are proposed. A poor connection or the use of ‘tape’ to secure tubing of a different diameter to the outlet / inlet of the . the parts of the system made up of consumables and accessories are still important. A lower specification is appropriate given the different risks between mixed dusts and silica / wood. The reasons for this are as follows: • • The class is in accordance with the information within EN 60335-2-69:2009. – M class units are also well suited for mixed dusts (see also below) due to the mechanisms that they have for filter cleaning / maintaining airflow. The word ‘minimum’ is important. • • Consumables and Accessories 28. It is proposed that: – A minimum of a class L unit is used as part of on-tool extraction systems for mixed dusts on construction sites. Although less crucial. It may be important to have these for some work.
Training and Use 29.g. Ensuring that dust risks are effectively controlled is another. including changing filters and – Other maintenance requirements including the need for thorough examination (see below). collection devices. including knowledge of common operator errors and issues that can result in loss or reduction of control. – Pre-use checks of the system. – Procedures to be followed when there is a failure with the system. COSHH has specific requirements relating to each. . RPE) and its correct use. • Use 31. Before use operators need to be provided with the right level of information. The following are proposed in line with the general requirements of COSHH: – Employers should establish procedures to ensure that control measures are properly used. – Correct use of the system. Training and use are vital to this. It is proposed that the following key points are highlighted in relation to on-tool extraction (note that this is in addition to that required for relevant dust risks. – Other controls that may be needed (e. It relies on actions by both the employer and employee. – Common faults that can develop. including checking test and maintenance status. risk assessments. As well as the general requirements within COSHH it is proposed that training should include the following elements: – Selection of the right on-tool system. Providing effective control for dust risks is one thing.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document equipment can result in extracted air escaping and the velocity dropping. – Regular maintenance.11 - . instruction and training for the use of the machine. Use of an extraction system is also required to be managed to ensure it remains effective. how to spot these and the action that should be taken. use of RPE etc) • Training 30. These should include: (a) Developing appropriate methods of work.
It is proposed that this should concentrate on the following: (a) Damage to the hood that could affect its ability to contain the dust. (e) Other factors that could affect the safe operation of the system such as missing guards or electrical safety issues. dust levels in the collection device and its integrity. This includes the cleanliness / integrity of the filter. In particular they should: (a) Use the control measures provided. i. (b) Consumables that need replacing. a problem with an extraction unit that causes a drop in flow rate could have a significant impact on the amount of dust captured. ‘foreman’.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document (b) Observing and supervising employees to ensure the methods of work are followed.e. – Thorough Examination COSHH requires extraction systems to be thoroughly examined and tested at suitable or specified intervals. It is important that extraction systems are maintained to ensure they continue to perform effectively. (d) Factors that could affect the ability of the vacuum to maintain airflow and collect dust. (f) The identity or job role of the person responsible for these checks and correcting any problems found. (b) Follow the methods of work. (c) Promptly report any problems to the appointed person. supervisor etc. There are specific requirements in COSHH about maintenance. Portable systems .12 - . (c) Damage to the ducting. For example. (c) Prompt action to correct problems where they are found. • Maintenance 32. correct operation of measures to maintain air velocity. The following are proposed in line with this: – General Maintenance Daily checks / maintenance are needed to ensure that the system is working correctly before it is used. – Employees should use the control measures in right way.
uk/fireandexplosion/atex. (b) The examination and test should be sufficient to ensure the continued effectiveness of the system. see http://www. It is not proposed to discuss most of these issues in this document as HSE provides sufficient information elsewhere.hse. The following are proposed: (a) The intervals between thorough examinations should be: .e. This is to ensure that they continue to perform as originally intended. These include: – – – – – Guarding for dangerous parts of the equipment Electrical safety Fire and explosion risks Lifting and carrying the equipment Working at height with the equipment 34. there may be circumstances where the system is being used in an area where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur (i. However. In these circumstances it is proposed that: – ATEX rated equipment should be used (ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres) as outlined in other HSE guidance (e. However. of direct relevance are the fire and explosion risks linked to wood dust. 21 or 22 area in accordance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 20026).On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document are specifically included within this. A suitable record of the thorough examination should be made in accordance with the requirements of COSHH.htm) . There are three main fire and explosion risks linked to wood dust and on-tool use. (c) Other Relevant Issues 33. a Zone 20. Power tools can create significant amounts of wood dust where no controls are used. Effective on-tool extraction should minimise this risk as it will reduce the amount of wood dust particles in the air from which an explosion could be created. It should take into account the guidance contained in the HSE publication HSG258 – Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work5. 36.13 - .gov. There are a number of other issues that are relevant to the use of on-tool extraction. This can create a potential explosive atmosphere.More frequent intervals if determined by a competent person (for example because of an increased risk in failure or deterioration of the system due to the harsh nature of some construction work). • Explosive Atmospheres in the Workspace 35.A maximum of 14 months in accordance with COSHH. .g.
a fire could result within the motor housing. a dust cloud will almost always be present inside the equipment at some point. If the hot motor is then switched on again. Therefore when in use. magnesium and their light alloys. Where a stainless steel tool is fitted to the end of a plastic hose the tool then becomes an isolated conductor.gov. There are three main sources by which this can ignite: • • Thermite sparks. These are produced from the reaction between rusty steel and aluminium. even when . • Fan Motor. or is wound round the outside of the hose. Although extraction will limit the risk of an explosive atmosphere forming. It can accumulate electrostatic charge in sufficient quantities to cause an incendive discharge capable of igniting a dust cloud. This will form a well-mixed dust cloud passing up the suction hose and into the collection device.14 - . Electrostatic charge.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document – Extraction units should comply with Annex CC of EN 603352-69 when being used in an area specified as Zone 22. It is therefore proposed that: – General fire precaution principles should be followed (e. Where air passes over the extraction unit motor some fine dust may pass through the filters and deposit on the motor. However.hse. In addition the motors of some vacuum units are fitted with commutators and brushes that are prone to sparking. This can be a particular problem after the motor has been switched off.pdf) • Fire and Explosion Risks within the On-Tool system 38. the risk of fire during a task still remains given that there is a fuel source (wood / residual wood dust) and a potential source of ignition (the blade etc of the tool).g. this issue is also not unique to on-tool extraction. • General Fire Risks in the Workspace 37. see http://www. The final fire and explosion risk is linked to the extraction system itself. The system is designed to collect a source of combustible material.uk/pubns/priced/hsg168. A very high energy spark can be formed if this is either embedded in the plastic of the hose. The heat of the motor can cause the deposits to become thermally unstable and could cause them to smoulder. This is generated where dust passes over an insulating surface. as the heat is still there yet the flow of cooling air has ceased. There is a secondary problem with the hoses if they are fitted with a helical reinforcing wire to prevent the hose from collapsing.
– The motor should be inspected periodically for deposits of wood dust and thoroughly cleaned where appropriate. – Wire-reinforced hoses should be avoided. The following proposals are made in relation to these risks which have been adapted from existing HSE guidance7 on this issue: – Aluminium tools should not be used where there is a risk of thermite sparks being created. Thus passing a dust cloud through a sparking motor is liable to ignite the dust cloud and an internal explosion could occur 39. . the filtration should minimise any dust before it passes these areas so that an explosive cloud does not form. – Disposable filters should be regularly changed. – Metallic tools should be earthed.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document new. This should only be someone who is properly trained. – The extraction unit should not be operated unless all filters are properly fitted. – Only trained people should clean or replace filters to ensure they are refitted correctly and sealed effectively. Nondisposable filters should be regularly cleaned. – The dust collecting bag or container should be emptied frequently to avoid overloading. Where this is not possible. Where this is not possible or appropriate the wire should be earthed and on the inside surface of the bore of the hose. – The extracted air containing the wood dust should ideally not pass through the motor housing and over the windings.15 - .
flour) – HSE web guidance available at http://www. A Guide to Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) HSG258 HSE Books ISBN 9780717664153 6 The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 SI2002/2776 The Stationary Office 2002 ISBN 0110429575 7 Guidance on the selection of vacuum cleaners for low combustibility organic granules and dusts (e.gov.g. Undated Web version available at .htm .nepsi.eu/media/2276/good%20practice%20guide%20%20english%20original%20additional%20task%20sheets%20(251006%20modified%2004012010). Including Power Brush.hse.http://www.uk/food/dustexplosionapp1.16 - .On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document References 1 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 SI 2002/2677 The Stationary Office 2002 ISBN 0110429192 2 On-tool Controls to Reduce Exposure to Respirable Dusts in the Construction Industry HSL Report ECM/2011/01 Waiting Publication 3 Particular Requirements for Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners. for Commercial Use BS EN 60335-2-69: 2009 British Standards Institute 4 Good Practice Guide on Workers Health Protection through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing it.pdf 5 Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work.
A representative summary of the information on on-tool extraction / mobile vacuum units can be found on the following sheets: http://www.gov.pdf • Woodworking http://www.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg258.htm .gov.gov.pdf • Asbestos http://www.hse.hse.pdf http://www.On-Tool Extraction in the Construction Industry: An HSE Discussion Document Annex 1 Current HSE guidance relevant to on-tool extraction Links to current HSE information relating to on-tool extraction / mobile vacuum units are listed below.hse.hse.htm • COPD http://www.uk/copd/casestudies/vacuumdust.uk/pubns/guidance/g406.gov.pdf • Food Industry http://www.uk/lev/index.uk/woodworking/wooddust.uk/food/dustexplosion.htm http://www.uk/pubns/guidance/em4.pdf http://www.pdf • Construction http://www.gov.htm • LEV http://www.hse. • COSHH Essentials A wide number of relevant COSHH Essential sheets are available.uk/pubns/cis54.hse.uk/pubns/guidance/cn2.gov.gov.hse.gov.hse.gov.hse.uk/pubns/guidance/qy10.17 - .hse.
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