Dust control

Worker with dust mask

Dust can often be a nuisance, it can damage property and more importantly the finer particles pose a risk to health. It is generated in a variety of ways including:

  • demolition works
  • construction work
  • cutting of stonework, paving etc.
  • industrial processes

Dust which arises from an industrial process is controlled by a permit condition if that process is subject to local authority or Environment Agency control under the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regime, otherwise the Council has to use its powers to deal with dust as a “statutory nuisance”.

Demolition and construction sites are a major source of dust and the fine particles generated can be carried distances even in light winds, and activities which give rise to dust can include :

  • movement of vehicles and construction plant
  • materials handling and storage
  • cutting, grinding, grouting, grit blasting
  • concrete batching and pouring

Croydon Council, in partnership with neighbouring Boroughs, has developed a code of practice “Pollution and Noise from Demolition and Construction Sites”  which specifies the measures necessary to minimise dust emissions on site. The GLA has also published “The control of dust and emissions from construction and demolition: Best Practice Guidance.”