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Dust and Fumes at Work


Occupational Dust, Fume and Vapour

Employees can be exposed to a variety of hazardous substances during a working day.  These include inhalable/respirable dust and chemicals (fumes and vapour) associated with manufacturing processes.  Any of these substances, if not correctly controlled, can have a harmful and lasting effect on health.  The health and safety regulations for dust, fume and vapour seek to protect staff in the workplace from these hazards.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, require organisations to identify and monitor hazardous substances.  The levels of any harmful substance must be ascertained in order to ensure compliance with occupational exposure limits set by the Health and Safety Executive.

Dragonfly Consulting can help your firm meet its legal obligation under COSHH.  Our air quality monitoring service samples personal dust exposure. It’s thorough and comprehensive covering both inhalable and respirable dust particles as required.

Nuisance Dust

The generation and deposition of environmental dust may be an inevitable consequence of some industries such as quarrying, mining and mineral processing.  Other operations such as landfill, demolition and agriculture can also lead to dust generation.  This dust can fall a short distance from it’s origin or, dependent on prevailing weather conditions, can be carried a long distance from the site.  This can result in dust becoming an issue for nearby residential properties (e.g. soiling of clothes hung on a washing line, deposition on cars and dirtying residential windows).

Nuisance dust assessments normally take the form of a baseline survey followed by monitoring both during a project, and after completion, in order to indicate whether activities result in an increase in the levels of nuisance dust.

If you would like more information about our Dust, Fume and Vapour Monitoring services please contact us to discuss your requirements.


All the information contained on this page is available to download as a PDF file below.

Related PDF file
MDHS 14 -3, General methods for sampling and gravimetric analysis of respirable and inhalable dust (179KB)
Related PDF file
EH40 (3.03MB)

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