DustScanAQ offer workplace dust and air quality testing and assessment services to monitor air quality at work. Exposure to dusts, fumes, vapours, mists and gases in the workplace can lead to serious respiratory and other illnesses. Employers are legally required to assess the exposure of their employees to dust etc. as a requirement of the Care of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), if a significant risk of exposure has been identified.
Dust of any kind can be harmful if we are exposed to it at high concentrations for prolonged periods but certain dusts can trigger more serious immune response reactions; even seemingly innocuous materials such as flour and wood dust are respiratory sensitisers and can cause occupational asthma. Some dusts, such as Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) are recognised carcinogens and can cause silicosis and lung cancer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) treat COSHH non-compliance very seriously and pay particular attention to minerals, construction and stone masonry sites where there is greater risk of RCS exposure.