Category: Airborne hazardous substances

WA Management blog posts relating to airborne hazardous substances.

LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation)

Dust being blown about in the air.

LEV (Local Exhaust Extraction) is an engineering control system to reduce exposures to airborne contaminants such as dust, mist, fumes, vapour or gas in a workplace by capturing the emission at source and transporting it to a safe emission point or to a filter/scrubber. Common components of an LEV system are as follows; Hood: This […]

Getting the Job Done Right

Controlling dust on site with an on-tool extraction.

Unsuitable PPE/Equipment As you may have already seen on our social media, WA Management’s hazard of the month for February is ‘Unsuitable PPE/Equipment.’ We have chosen this hazard after noticing instances on sites visits where PPE such as respiratory masks were being used despite not being face-fitted or incorrect working at height equipment being employed that was unsuitable for the task at […]

Controlling Dust

Dust being blown about in the air.

Construction work can sometimes produce dusts that can put workers health at risk and cause a number of lung diseases including: Lung Cancers, Silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. Construction dust is a general term that describes three main types found on a construction site, these are: Silica Dust – Created when working […]

Week Commencing 13/01/2020 – In The News

A white HGV driving on a road past trees, slightly blurred to indicate its speed.

RPE Update! There are masks (e.g https://buff.ly/35OQkhM) available to buy which are being advertised as ‘Press to Check’, offering an ‘effective facial fit.’ However, do not get caught out by this message; they still require an initial face-fit test prior to being used! It is important to remember that each standard will state whether facefit testing […]

Respiratory Standards

Dust being made visible in the air by a man hanging ceiling lights.

Many tasks, such as cutting and handling volatile substances, require respiratory protection in the form of respirators. Respirators are a form of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) (the other being breathing apparatus) designed to protect operatives from such hazards in environments when sufficient oxygen is present. RPE should only be worn after you have taken all […]

Respiratory Protective Equipment

Dust being blown about in the air.

Respiratory Protective Equipment Many tasks involve hazards which require respiratory protection, such as: cutting, handling volatile substances or working in confined spaces where oxygen levels could be low. Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is designed to protect operatives from such hazards. RPE should only be worn after you have taken all other reasonably practicable measures to […]

Dust: Just How Dangerous Can It Be?

Cutting wood with a cross saw.

In this blog, WA Management continues its mission to shed a light on the risks and hazards present throughout the workplace. With Dust as our feature Hazard of the Month, we bring you our key opinions on the dangers of these flying particulates and the methods in which they can be safely managed. For our […]

Dust: The Danger Lurking In The Air

Dust being made visible in the air by a man hanging ceiling lights.

WA Management strives to provide a professional service for your health and safety needs, while also endeavouring to create a greater awareness towards risks and hazards in the workplace. In this blog, WA Management continues its monthly documentation of workplace hazards, seeking to shed light on important and topical health and safety issues. For this […]

Week commencing 18th February 2019 – In the News

A brick wall

New fire protection guidelines unveiled On Monday, specialist property insurer FM Global published informative new guidelines on strategies to prevent fire damage in automated warehouses. The Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) guidelines highlights areas such as sprinkler arrangement and position. The advice comes less than a month after a fire ravaged an […]

Week commencing 22nd October – In the News

A person wearing a red backpack in the outdoors.

Health and safety ban on bags leads to an inventive solution On Monday, we reported on how a furore had erupted at an unnamed school after schoolbags and rucksacks were banned. The decision was made in order to prevent injuries arising from their misuse. However, both parents and pupils responded angrily; believing that a lack […]