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Safety Guidance

Guidance on the prevention of Silicosis

  • Silicosis is a potentially fatal lung disease associated with the inhalation of dust that contains silica.
  • Silica is present in concrete and bricks as well as many rocks such as sandstone.
  • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers may be exposed to such dusts when working near drilling rigs, in soil and rock laboratories and on construction sites.
Safety Guidance

Guidance on the prevention of skin cancers

  • Skin Cancers are one of the most common forms of cancers.
  • Outdoor workers within the geotechnical & geoenvironmental industry may be exposed to sunlight and associated ultraviolet (UV) rays for long periods.
  • Outdoor workers therefore have an increased risk of developing skin cancers through exposure to solar radiation.
  • Every incidence of sun burn increases the possibility of developing skin cancer
  • The best prevention is to cover up and pay particular attention to protecting the head, face and neck
Safety Guidance

Guidance on work at height

Published in March 2014 Falls are the largest cause of accidental death in the construction industry. They account for around 50% of…

Guidance Safety Guidance

Laboratory Safety Manual

Published in September 2014 This document outlines basic health & safety considerations that should be applied to geotechnical and materials testing laboratories.…