HSE to Investigate Dust Levels

KODA architects have learnt that the from the beginning of next week, October 7th 2019, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be visiting construction sites throughout the UK specifically looking for measures to control dust.


Across all of KODA architects projects the team carry out a Principal Designer role in Hereford, assisting and supervising the health and safety process throughout the design stages. Our appointment is furthered through the construction stages where we assist the Principal Contractor in operating in a safe and ordered way. We carry out these duties under the Construction Design Management Regulations (CDM) 2015.

Health and Safety is at the forefront of our design process and where possible we will always strive to design out risks during the construction process or at a maintenance level.

Among other serious risks, dust can be a major issue during any stage of a construction project whether it is during the demolition and take down or through applying plaster and finishing touches, each activity has their own risks.

During the demolition phase dust can be a serious issue not only to the wider environment but also to the people carrying out the activities. Added to this risk is Asbestos within the construction material itself.

The Health and Safety Executive have published many guidance notes on working with dangerous materials. Click on the links below for further information:

Asbestos Essentials

Dust Guidance

Respiratory Equipment Guidance

The additional measures are to target and reduce the longer-term affects of dust on construction works of occupational lung disease, which may not manifest itself straight away but many years later.

KODA architects principal designer in Hereford oversees the health and safety management of our project throughout the design phase. On all of our projects the team at KODA architects carryout a designers checklist which then is used for the basis of our pre construction health and safety plan.

For more information, take a look at the HSE news bulletin .

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