Reducing respirable crystalline silica dust effectively

Dust in the workplace is often viewed as a painful reality, whether it is the dust in the office, the dust in the quarry, in agriculture or at construction sites. Especially on construction sites many different and very dangerous dusts occur. Diseases caused by dust from asbestos, wood and quartz dust are testament to these dangers and the high exposure on construction sites. However, there are cost-effective techniques that can be used to perform with low dust, even dust-free.

In this article Reinhold Rühl describes practical recommendations for dust reduction, specifically on reducing respirable crystalline silica dust based on exposure data, but also on experience and pragmatic assessments. This project was EU-funded for The European Social Partners organisations for the Construction sector.


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Reinhold Rühl
Retired, formerly head of the hazardous materials department at BG BAU
  • Silica and quartz dust
Sector / branche
  • Construction
Solution types
  • 1. S – Substitution
  • 2. T – Technical measurements
  • 4. P – Personal protection