The dust can include Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) which can lead to the development of Silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) and heavy and prolonged exposure to RCS can cause lung cancer.
Where necessary, employers should provide appropriate personal protective equipment including face masks that are fitted correctly and the filter has not become clogged with dust.
Benefits of FFP3 Disposable Filtering Facemasks:
- FFP3 is the most advisable type to use if you are doing work that does or could create high dust levels or involves silica or wood dust. Some wood are described as toxic, especially some hard woods and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) with an APF of 20 is appropriate.
- The dust mask is designed to meet the FFP3 standard meaning that when correctly fitted it can protect workers in dusty areas by filtering at least 99% of airborne particles.
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