It seems to us, here at O J Safety, that the HSE has its own ‘Pet Subjects’ which its inspectors use in a kind if synchronised activity for a few months before moving onto the next. There is no doubt that at the moment one of those is definitely dust protection. We have had a marked increase in the manufacturing and construction activities in this area which proves there is a much more stringent approach to dust. Where dust is identified on the risk assessment to be a risk and there is no other way of cost-effectively dealing with it other than to issue the operatives with dust masks they have to fulfil specific criteria.
The HSE takes this seriously and so should you. The average cost of face fit testing is £35 plus VAT per person which is a fraction of the cost of an Improvement Notice or Similar Action.
Time to review your risk assessments in this regard!!