Silica dust - mini case studies

Wates Group

Wates Group implemented a dust awareness campaign called ‘Bin the broom’, which aimed to minimise the amount of silica dust produced on sites. The organisation-wide campaign successfully saw an improvement in how dust was captured at source on sites.


Crossrail has put in place a number of strategies to minimise exposure to silica dust in tunnels. A programme of personal and environmental monitoring was one strategy that Crossrail implemented, this measures the levels of dust, individual exposures and the effectiveness of controls.

Berkeley Homes

A dust awareness campaign has been implemented by Berkely Homes to educate contractors and make them aware of the health risks associated with exposure to silica dust at work. Berkeley Homes also instructs its workers to wet plaster walls instead of taping and jointing, as the rubbing down process creates masses of dust.

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon, a major construction firm, has been working with staff and supply chain partners to educate managers, supervisors and employees on the importance of wearing the correct levels of protective equipment to prevent exposure to silica dust. The company has received a lot of positive feedback from employees and supply chain workers, which has been very encouraging.

Read these mini case studies in more detail to find out about the good practice initiatives.