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Dust and odour


Dust is a very general term referring to small wind blow particles, many of which are invisible to the human eye. A lot of dust occurs naturally from such things as pollen and sea spray. The main area of concern with respect to nuisance dust in Maldon is from construction processes, such as sand blasting and demolition works. Dust nuisance can only be dealt with if it is arising from industrial trade or business premises.

In most cases, potential dust problems can be avoided by following these guidelines:

  • provide and use suitably covered skips and enclosed chutes, or take other suitable measures in order to minimise dust emission to the atmosphere when materials and waste are removed from the premises. All skips used for the storage of waste should be kept covered so far as is reasonably practicable
  • provide, fix and maintain suitable screens or awnings to screen the building and scaffold so as to effectively minimise dust and debris from falling or being blown over the boundaries
  • provide, maintain and use a supply of water and means of dispensing it, to dampen dust in order to minimise its emission from the premises
  • do not permit the sweeping of any dust or dusty material without effectively treating it with water or other substance in order to minimise its emission from the premises

With regard to the excavation and subsequent movement of material from a construction site, consider the following: 

  • where possible, dampen down the area being excavated to reduce the possibility of wind blown dust
  • wash down all machinery and vehicles (including wheels) prior to leaving the site or joining a public highway, thus preventing dust being transported outside the construction area