Posted: 31 Dec '17

How to Avoid Danger with Proper Use of Dust Control System

Dust is a dangerous occupational hazard that presents countless dangers to millions of industrial workers. At some point, almost all manufacturing procedures produce dust in one form or another. Dust is connected to many health ailments, such as asthma or pneumonia, and can even contribute to cancer in the long-term, or cause explosions if not maintained with a dust control system.

Dust: Short-term Dangers

An efficient dust control system can make a significant difference in many scenarios in accidents involving dust and other airborne particulates. Dust is dangerous for two reasons:

  • Its combustive nature
  • Its ability to be suspended in the air and be breathed in by workers.

Although some complications are more severe than others, dust is capable of causing all sorts of issues ranging from an itchy skin rash to instant death

Can Dust Cause Explosions?

If you have ever started a fire, you’ll know that smaller sticks and kindling burn quicker than larger logs. With that in mind, imagine being surrounded in a thick cloud of dust that catches fire. In addition, debris may be propelled by the fireball and cause severe injury and death. A proper dust control system can help ensure that combustible dust is safely filtered out of the working environment to ensure workers can breathe easier while also reducing the risk of explosion.

How a Dust Control System Can Curb Respiratory Problems

Like all airborne particulates, dust particles can be inhaled and cause respiratory distress due to the blocking of airways or inflammation. Poor air quality is a concern for workers who have asthma or other breathing issues. To ensure your worker’s safety, utilize a dust control system to keep airborne particulates out of their lungs.

Dust may also contain chemicals. For example, irritant chemicals used to treat timber may travel via dust particles and settle on the skin or eyes causing irritation and redness. Dust can also build up in the eye and cause irritation leading to an increased production of tears that can obscure the vision of workers who may be operating heavy equipment.

To protect you and your employees from the dangers of dust and other hazardous airborne particulates in confined spaces, contact IVS today to learn more about how a custom dust control system is an investment worth making.