Reducing Dust and Dirt

The circulation of dust and dirt from a construction site often causes frustration and upset amongst the local community.

To help reduce this, some site managers have implemented the following:

  • Designated operatives were given responsibility for keeping specific areas of the site clean, tidy and dust free; perimeter dust levels were checked using hand held meters;
  • At the end of each shift, a nominated person was responsible for checking there were no loose materials or debris lying around the site perimeter;
  • Where a new bathroom or kitchen was being fitted inside an occupied house, a polythene ‘Zip Door’ system was placed over the door frame which prevented dust and dirt circulating into the rest of the property, whilst still allowing the operative to move in and out of the room;
  • A sprinkler system was used to dampen down dust on perimeter of the site;
  • Work areas in a hospital were completely sealed off with a 2 door system for entry and exit;
  • Dust screens were used to protect a neighbours property;
  • Adjacent buildings windows were cleaned regularly due to airborne dust;
  • A ‘no broom’ policy was adopted on all sites with vacuum equipment used to help reduce the effects of dust.

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Monitor Report, Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, Surrey, December 2014.

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