Silica the next asbestos, say MPs
Silica exposure should be treated in a similar manner to asbestos, a group of MPs have urged in a new report, entitled ‘Silica – the next asbestos?’.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health called for action to tackle silicosis, the most common chronic occupational lung disease in the world.
They recommend cutting the legal workplace exposure limit for silica dust from 0.1mg per metre cubed to 0.05mg per metre cubed. In addition, the report calls for new health and safety rules to manage silica.
“We hope this report will assist the Health and Safety Executive, the Government and the construction industry to shine light on an under-documented issue and protect the construction workforce from preventable injury and illnesses”, said Jim Shannon, chair of the parliamentary group.