How do I effectively control dust?
The HSE recommends a hierarchy of control in order to reduce risks to the lowest reasonably practicable level. This is done through a methodical approach, in order of priority, starting with the most effective. You can use the STOP principle as an effective and memorable guide to control dust on your jobsite which defines the sequence of controlling risk, S-T-O-P.
Substitution: eliminate the risk through using safer alternatives to avoid hazard where possible.
Technical measures: using machinery, tools or technologies to reduce dust in the air, to minimize the dangerous effects of dust for people such as Hilti Dust Removal Systems (DRS).
Organisational measures: implementing alternative methods of working to support training and knowledge sharing. For example using Hilti ON!Track software to manage employee certifications and access Health & Safety information for employees.
Personal protective measures: PPE such as dust masks, for example, should be the last line of defence and are needed where risks remain present even after the other steps have been followed.