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Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) register

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) register

Silicosis x-rayBeen exposed to RCS at work? Add your name to Prospect's register. We'll keep the information on file and use it if we need to initiate a legal claim on your behalf in the future, or if one of your colleagues needs a witness to their own exposure to RCS. We will only use your data in any legal claim with your express consent.

What is RCS?

Silica is a naturally occurring substance in most rocks, sand and clay. It's also present in products such as bricks and concrete. When these materials are cut or sanded down they create dust, some of which is fine enough to reach deep inside the lung. This is called respirable crystalline silica (RCS). Significant exposure to RCS can cause silicosis, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Around half a million people in the UK are exposed to silica dust in the course of their work, especially in the construction and demolition industries. High speed rotating cutting disks used on roads and pavements is is a major producer of RCS.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) estimates that around 800 people in Britain die each year from lung cancer caused by prolonged exposure to RCS at work.

You can find more information about RCS, including its risks and control measures, on the HSE and IOSH websites.

Add your name to the register

To add your details to the register you can either:

Repeated exposure to RCS significantly increases the risk to individuals, so once you're on the register, please keep us updated about any further exposure to RCS. 

Prospect runs a similar register for members who've been exposed to asbestos.