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S5W-03914: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-09882 by Michael Matheson on 23 October 2012, what advice is available to construction companies operating in Scotland, and their workers, regarding the health dangers of crystalline silica dust.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 1 November 2016

The Scottish Government funds the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives to provide information and advice to employers and employees on health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. This includes advice on carrying out risk assessments, use of personal protective equipment and guidance on health surveillance.

Regulation of workplace health and safety is an issue reserved to the UK Government. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a range of guidance on controlling exposure to silica dust, use of respiratory protective equipment and health surveillance for those exposed to respirable crystalline silica.