Controlling Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
Silica is a natural substance found in rocks, sand and clay and
in many common construction products such as bricks and concrete.
In the workplace these materials create dust when they are handled,
especially when cut or ground. Some of this dust is fine enough to
breathe deeply into the lungs and cause serious health problems.
The fine dust is called respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
RCS exposure occurs across a wide range of industries, including
brickmaking, stone masonry, quarrying, foundries and construction.
In the construction industry it is the biggest hazard to worker
health after asbestos.
HSE estimates that around 500 deaths occur every year in Great
Britain as a result of workplace exposures to RCS.
Whilst silicosis is the disease most commonly associated with
exposure to RCS, other conditions including Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may also develop. All of these health
conditions are irreversible, but, with proper control of workplace
exposures, they are also preventable.
This one-day course will introduce delegates to the topic and
explain why, and where, RCS is an issue. The course will give an
overview on the design and implementation of appropriate exposure
control approaches, the role of exposure monitoring in managing RCS
risk and real-world insights on barriers to achieving adequate risk
control and common failings.
The course will be delivered by professionally qualified
occupational hygienists, supported by other scientific experts, who
are highly knowledgeable about RCS-related health problems and have
real-world experience in helping workplaces where exposure carries
a significant health risk.
Delegates will be provided with information that will help them
- Understand how RCS can harm the lungs
- Achieve compliance with the COSHH regulations in situations
where RCS is a risk
- Understand which work activities and processes carry the
- Understand how to reduce exposure to RCS in their workplace and
common failures in exposure control
- Understand how exposure monitoring should be used to support
health risk management and the role that occupational hygienists
play in protecting worker health
What the course will cover
This course provides an overview of where significant risks from
RCS can be expected. The main focus of the course is on preventing
harm through the implementation of effective exposure control
strategies, with detailed information on the selection and
implementation of effective measures to reduce airborne dust
emissions and the role of respiratory protective equipment. The
course will also cover the role of exposure monitoring in managing
risks from RCS, including how to design an appropriate exposure
monitoring strategy and how to interpret results from a monitoring
Who should attend?
This course is aimed at those with a responsibility for managing
RCS exposure risks within a workplace. This includes people
responsible for the completion of risk and COSHH assessments, or
selecting and maintaining exposure controls.
The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research
Centre in the spa town of Buxton.
Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links
to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and
Manchester International Airport.
Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk
£560 per person (includes course notes, lunch and
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
Some of our training courses can also be delivered
in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704
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