Masks a must to stop DIY’s deadly dust

The Daily Telegraph - - News - Jour­nal of Nanopar­ti­cle Re­search.

DIY en­thu­si­asts and builders should wear masks while they work so they do not in­hale dan­ger­ous dust emis­sions, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Sci­en­tists found po­ten­tially harm­ful ul­tra­fine par­ti­cles reach up to 4,000 times nor­mal back­ground lev­els dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as drilling.

Breath­ing in the par­ti­cles has been linked with se­ri­ous car­dio­vas­cu­lar and res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem-re­lated dis­eases.

Lead­ing the study, Dr Prashant Ku­mar, of the Univer­sity of Sur­rey, said: “With the po­ten­tial to breathe in harm­ful dust par­ti­cles in­clud­ing sil­i­con, cop­per and alu­minium, our re­search shows that we need more reg­u­la­tory guide­lines, not only to pro­tect con­struc­tion work­ers, but also to pro­tect the gen­eral public.

“In the mean­time, con­struc­tion work­ers and those un­der­tak­ing their own build­ing projects, should al­ways err on the side of cau­tion and wear face masks when un­der­tak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that could throw out dust.”

The study was pub­lished in the

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