This Construction Dust Awareness course is designed to help workers understand and avoid the serious health risks associated with construction dusts.

Although the course makes reference to UK regulations, the information provided would be useful to anyone aiming to improve their knowledge of construction dust, it's associated risks and control measures.

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020

The period 5 - 30 October will see HSE carrying out its latest construction health inspection initiative.

"Inspectors will also be looking for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls. If necessary, they will use enforcement to make sure people are protected." - HSE

Why choose PCR Global as your training partner?

Our aim is to provide realistic training, with additional content, for less money, and with better support.

We know how busy you are. Our material is not padded out with content you do not need to know.

We are not a faceless organisation. If you want to speak to us, we welcome your call.

Our delivery is our own. We are not providing actors or training developed by someone else and making money off the back of it. This means we can keep the material up-to-date and your costs lower.

Can I tailor the course to my company specific needs? 

YES. We really recommend this!

1 - Demonstrate Leadership: 

Your Managing Director or Health and Safety Manager etc. can provide a video introduction to send the message direct to the workforce. 

Here, Stephen Euston the Managing Director of Manning Construction Limited introduces the Asbestos Awareness Course (the same can be done for the Construction Dust Awareness course) as part of their MATS (mandatory annual training scheme) - 6 courses produced for Manning Construction by the PCR Training Team.

2 - Evidence 'Beyond Compliance':

Producing robust, tailored, risk based in-house certificates as part of your training program will assist during your ISO, Achilles, CHAS etc. audits. 

3 - Reduce Costs:

We can reduce the cost further if you purchase multiple licenses.

Why take this Course?


Construction workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because many common construction tasks can create high dust levels. Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year. 

The amounts needed to cause this damage are not large. The largest amount of silica someone should be breathing in a day after using the right controls is shown below next to the penny.

What you should know

Regularly breathing construction dust can cause diseases like:

  • Lung cancer (nasal cancer from hardwood)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and 
  • Silicosis. 

Construction workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because many common construction tasks can create high dust levels.

Dusts can cause the following diseases:

Lung cancer

The inhalation of silica particles within construction dust promotes the development of pulmonary fibrosis that over prolonged periods increases the risk of lung cancer.

Wood dust is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a 'definite' human carcinogen. Markedly higher risks of sinonasal cancer (carcinoma of the nasal cavity and associated air sinuses) have been found in workers exposed occupationally to this agent.


Asthma is a very serious health problem that can ruin lives.

Asthma can be caused in a workplace simply by breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours that can damage your lungs.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD is a major cause of disability and death, thousands of people die each year from work-related lung diseases and in many cases due to exposures that took place many years before. COPD describes a number of breathing problems where there is damage to the breathing tubes and air sacs within the lung.  Breathing in certain dusts, fumes, chemicals or gases in the workplace can cause serious long term lung damage.


Silicosis is a long-term lung disease caused by inhaling large amounts of crystalline silica dust, usually over many years. Silica is a substance naturally found in certain types of stone, rock, sand and clay. Working with these materials can create a very fine dust that can be easily inhaled. (NHS)


  • What internet browser do I need to run the course?

    We recommend using Chrome or Firefox on a desktop for best results. However, all of the following are compatible: Desktop: - Chrome - Firefox - Safari - Microsoft Edge Mobile: - iOS Safari: 11 and up - Chrome - Samsung Internet NOTE: We DO NOT support Internet Explorer.

  • Do I need any previous training to take this course?

    No. No prior knowledge or training is required.

  • How long will this course take?

    Most people will complete this course in 45 minutes.

  • Can the course be tailored to my workplace?

    Yes. At PCR we suggest that courses are tailored. We can use your own dust documentation within the presentation, and you can receive your certificate with your company logo on it.

  • Will I get a certificate from my study?

    Yes. Once you pass all the Modules, you will be able to download your certificate immediately.

  • How long will my certificate last?

    There is no recognised set time for renewal, but given the risks of construction dust and the fact that this is a bitesize course we have added a 12-month expiry date.

Who is the training for?

Everyone involved in construction activities has a legal responsibility to manage the associated health risks from construction dust. 

This Construction Dust Awareness training is designed for anyone whose work involves them coming into contact with construction dust, including:

  • Designers and principle designers
  • Contractors and principle contractors
  • Small builders
  • Employers
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Employees
  • DIY enthusiasts 

What can I expect?

Narrated delivery

The course is presented by Andrew Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH DipNEBOSH EnvDipNEBOSH using the PCR Global 'Blackboard'

Relevant HSE Videos

The course is includes referenced HSE videos. 

Up to date information

Up to date information from the HSE website.

Free downloads

We simply want to give you more for less. 

We have included a FREE Tool Box Talk and 3 Safe Systems of Work you can download and make specific to use for your own situation: 

1 - Construction Dust Tool Box Talk

2 - Construction Dust: Safe System of Work - Chasing concrete and raking mortar

3 - Construction Dust: Safe System of Work - Cutting paving blocks, kerbs and flags

4 - Construction Dust: Safe System of Work - Cutting paving blocks, kerbs and flags

Immediate certificate

On successful completion you will be able to download your certificate.


We pride ourselves on the support we provide those who trust us with their learning journey. 

At any time during your training you can gain access to technical support for IT or on the subject of construction dust itself. 

In the first instance, you can email or call Andrew Collins on: 


m: +44 7962 180459

An introduction to your Construction Dust Awareness Training Team: 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and guidance from your Tutor: Andrew Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH DipNEBOSH EnvDipNEBOSH

    • Introduction and guidance: From your Course Tutor - Andy Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH

    • Additional Items - Downloads: PCR Construction Dust Tool Box Talk & Safe Systems of Work; Multiple HSE dust related downloads

    • End of Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1: Construction dust - Background and effects on health

    • Module 1: Construction dust - Background and effects on health

    • Module 1: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 1

  • 3

    Module 2: The Law

    • Module 2: The Law

    • Module 2: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 2

  • 4

    Module 3: Managing construction dust

    • Module 3: Managing construction dust

    • Module 3: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 3

  • 5

    Module 4: Specific control measures

    • Module 4: Specific control measures

    • Module 4: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 4

Further Course Information


This course is intended to furnish you with the knowledge to understand the risks and identify the control measures with regard to construction dust


Most people complete this course in around 45 minutes.

Certificate Expiry: 

The certificate issued for this course will expire 1 year from the date of successful completion.

For technical support and guidance

Please email or call Andrew on +44 (0)7962 180459

The PCR Global Construction Dust Awareness Course

Built by those that do, for those that do.

  • Providing you more

    We have included four documents for you to download. A Tool Box Talk, and three Safe Systems of Work which can be annotated to your specific situation - this saves you a great deal of time and effort.

  • Relevant and up to date content

    Our material follows the most up-to-date guidance from the United Kingdom HSE (Health and Safety Executive). You will not be provided with information that is purely there to 'pad out' the content. We know how busy you are.

  • Competent support

    Your personal Construction Dust Awareness Training Team are here to help before, during and after your training. If you have any queries you will only speak to knowledgeable consultants and trainers.