Seminar: Silica and Other Chemicals – Controls and PPE Myths Silica and other Chemicals - Controls and PPE Myths

Date: 6 April 2017
Time: Registration:  14.00hrs; Seminar: 14.30hrs to 16.45hrs
Venue: Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway
Fee: €50 NISO members / €75 non members

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What is silica?
Silica is a substance that is widely found in nature. Occupational exposure to silica dust
occurs in many industries, particularly where concrete, stone or sand based materials
are used. Inhalation of fine dust containing silica can cause lung damage (silicosis)
which in severe cases can be severe and even fatal. 

  • For further information on silica download the HSA’s Crystalline Silica Information Sheet here.
  • Published in October 2016, download “Respirable Crystalline Silica on Construction Sites: New European Guidance for Labour Inspectors” here.

Seminar Topics: 

  • This seminar will cover HSA inspections, the Chemical Agents Regulations and the updates to the Carcinogens Directive, particularly in relation to silica.
  • Attendees will hear examples of typical inspection findings which illustrate the common gaps in controls and mistakes with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Measures to control the risks from silica will be presented as well as resources to help address the issues.
  • Demonstrations on Fit testings for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).

Registration: 14.00hrs
Start time: 14.30hrs
Tea/Coffee break: 16.00hrs
Q&A: 16.40hrs
Close: 17.00hrs

Who Should Attend? 
Anyone involved in construction work, including clients and designers; anyone who uses chemicals, protective gloves and RPE.

Michelle McDermott, LFOH, MSc
Michelle McDermott has worked as an Inspector within the Occupational Hygiene Unit (OHU) of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) since 2008. The main focus of the OHU is on the potential for worker exposure to chemicals, carcinogens, asbestos, biological agents, noise and vibration which may adversely affect workers, resulting in harm or injury. The OHU also focusses on key chemical and biological agent exposure controls such as Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV), Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Michelle is a licentiate member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. In addition to workplace inspections and investigations, she is a member of the REACH substance evaluation team.

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