What is dust, and do I need a system to remove it?
So what is dust?
Dust is a combination of airborne particles that are found in the atmosphere.
It is usually present in:
- Dead skin cells
- Dust mites
- Dead insect particles
- Tiny plastic particles
- Clothing fibre’s
What are the different types of dust, and what workplaces can they often be found in?
The different types of dust are:
Metal Dust – This form of dust usually transpires when metal is being drilled and split. This can irritate the lung, making it necessary to wear a respirator if and when one is exposed and within this environment to avoid any damage to the lungs.
Some examples of metal dust can include particles from nickel, cadmium, lead, and beryllium and can be found in industries such as sawmills.
Mineral Dust – This usually comes from building and manufacturing sites.
Some examples of mineral dust are coal, cement, and any dust containing crystalline silica.
Concrete Dust – This is a widespread problem as lengthy exposure to it can lead to silicosis. It’s caused by inhaling too silica dust that comes out from concrete.
Chalk Dust - This can happen quite often and comes off chalk when used on a blackboard. Although this type of dust is non-toxic, it can still be irritating if the dust gets into your nasal area.
Organic and Vegetable Dust – This type of dust usually comes from natural sources prevalent in households. Examples of this type of dust include flour, wood, cotton, and pollen.
Biohazards – are also more present in households; these are often full of dangerous biohazards that come from mould, spores, airborne bacteria, and evolving particles.
These types of biohazards pose a severe threat to human health.
Chemical Dust - It is not common knowledge that chemicals can also cause dust – not just liquid particles. These airborne particles float in the air, and when inhaled, can cause sickness. Examples of chemical dust include pesticides and particles from bulk chemicals.
Why is implementing an LEV system to tackle dust in the workplace so important?
As explored within this blog it’s evident that dust can be dangerous for employees; without proper dust extraction and dust control, a company could risk exposing it’s employees to harmful dust, and other contaminants in the air.
How can we help?
As specialists in dust extraction and expert providers of bespoke dust and fume extraction systems, we are more than qualified to meet all your dust-related requirements. Our solutions have been specially designed to provide a comprehensive solution to a wide variety of airborne pollutants.
The industries we cover are within:
- Paint spraying
Contact us to find out more about how we can help you.