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Heavy dust loads and airborne particulates

Hazard Knowledge

Collapsed structure incidents will generate large quantities of dust as a result of the collapse and/or as a consequence of search and rescue operations undertaken and the associated equipment used. Such dust may be inherently carcinogenic or hazardous and have the potential to travel off-site, particularly in inclement weather conditions. The type and amount of such contaminants will inform the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Consideration may also need to be given to people away from the incident who may be affected by dust plumes.

For more information on specific substances such as asbestos, silica etc. see NOGP - Hazardous Materials - Health Hazards