General Safety Awareness and Precautions

    The risks

  • Ballast handling activities create fine particles (dust). Ballast dust contains small quantities of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
  • Breathing in this dust at high concentrations over prolonged periods of time may lead to the development of a condition known as silicosis
  • Silicosis: RCS scars the lung tissue and can lead to permanent breathing difficulties

    Whilst working, consider…

  • Dust created by your own work activity
  • Dust created by other worksites close to you e.g. on adjacent lines
  • High concentrations of dust building up in confined spaces (such as tunnels)
  • Weather conditions, as heat and wind can increase dust concentration levels in the work area
  • Wind conditions may also reduce concentrations of dust if you can work up-wind
  • Move clear!

  • Move away from the area if you are not involved in the task
  • Instruct those who don’t need to be there to move clear
  • Wear appropriate RPE if you are involved in the task and it’s deemed necessary to wear
  • Keep cab/machine doors and windows closed
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

  • Is the RPE as detailed in COSHH risk assessment?
  • Has it been allocated to YOU?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it clean?
  • If appropriate, did you shave within 8hrs of the start of the shift?
  • Have you received face fit testing?
  • Do you have a good seal between your face and the RPE?
  • Please report very dusty events to NSC 24/7 on 01908 723500

    If you are concerned about dust levels STOP WORKING and contact your manager

    Please take time to read the Newsletter and consider What you have learnt?

  • Question: What should you consider if you need to work in a dusty environment?
  • Question: If you are not working directly with the ballast handling activity, what should you do if you find yourself in a dusty area?
  • Question: If you are having ballast dust visibility problems whilst working – what should you do?

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