“Controlling dust levels in the industries of construction, mining and more with DustOut™ dust control product ensures a safe and productive work environment and guarantees that workers stay healthy. Use DustOut™ to meet government standards when it comes to workplace safety and environment protection, while also saving money and creating a conducive workplace for everyone.”
An extensive range of processes, including domestic and industrial activities, result in dust generation. The major contributors of industrial dust are from manufacturing, construction, and mining, and even from regular activities in agricultural lands. The varied amount of dust emitted by these activities depends on the physical characteristics of the material present and the way in which the material is handled. But just like how vital these processes are to economic existence, controlling dust in a workplace is also equally important.
By using DustOut, atmospheric dust in construction, mining, and other industries can be kept at very minimal levels. DustOut powers over dust particles generated from the very movement of the machineries and the workers. It reduces dust created from different activities such as loading, dumping, or transporting of sand and gravel, rocks, coal, ores, etc. Using DustOut in industrial applications even controls the re-circulation of previously generated dust during wind erosion.
Types of Dust
1. Respirable Dust – refers to those dust particles that are small enough to penetrate the nose and upper respiratory system and can enter deep into the lungs. Particles that penetrate deep into the respiratory system are generally beyond the body’s natural clearance mechanisms of cilia and mucous and are more likely to be retained.
2. Inhalable Dust – the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) describes as the size of dust particle which enters the body, but is then trapped in the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract. The median aerodynamic diameter of this type of dust is about 10 µm.
3. Total Dust – includes all airborne dust particles regardless of their size or composition.
Other Types of Dust
Fibrogenic Dust e.g., asbestos or free crystalline silica (FCS) – is biologically toxic. Once it is inhaled and retained in the lungs, it can form scar tissues and damage the organ to prevent it from functioning properly.
Nuisance Dust or Inert Dust e.g., Portland cement dust – a type of dust which contains less than 1% quartz. Because of its low silicates content, it has a history of having little effect on the lungs. Reactions that may occur after being in contact with nuisance dust may be treated however, if you have been exposed to excessive concentrations due to chemicals or elements (e.g., iron oxide) it may be hazardous. It may affect your sense of seeing and may cause unpleasant deposits in the eyes, ears, and the nasal passages which may also cause an interaction with the body injuring the skin or mucous membranes.
Why Control Dust in the Workplace?
- Emission of dust particles in the workplace is undesirable (even though unavoidable in many minerals processing operations)
- Contact with excessive dust emissions can cause both health complications and industrial problems
- Spread of diseases (e.g. occupational respiratory diseases) can be a health hazard
- Irritation of skin, eyes, nose, ears and throat can be experienced
- Risk of industrial dust explosions can pose a threat and may cause fire
- Damage to equipment will affect its efficiency and productivity
- Impairment to visibility and the presence of unpleasant odors affect working conditions
- Creates potential problems and challenges in the community
One of the greatest concerns in a work environment is the health of the workers, and in a workplace where employees are continually exposed to excessive levels of harmful industrial dust, health hazards has become a prominent issue. To be able to evaluate the severity of health risks in workplaces, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) developed what is known as the threshold limit values (TLVs).
The threshold limit values (TLVs) are used as a guide in determining the safe levels of exposure to various substances. They are time-weighted concentrations in the air, based on a normal 8-hour workday or 40-hour workweek, to which a worker may be recurrently exposed for a span of time without experiencing the adverse effects on health. These TLVs are also being used by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in their evaluation and regulation of potential health hazards.
Industrial dust can compromise the health, safety, and productivity of workers when kicked up in excessive levels by heavy equipment at mines, cement plants, and on logging roads. Fortunately, DustOut offers an easy, money-saving way to keep these harmful industrial dust on the ground, out of the air and away from your valued employees.
Benefits of Using DustOut™ in Industrial Applications
- Stabilize roads by compacting and evening out road surfaces.
- Lengthen the time between time consuming and costly repairs.
- Application made possible especially for remote areas via aerial applications, to stabilize areas where traditional truck applications are impractical.
- Reduce repairs of valuable equipment.
- Extend the life of your heavy equipment by protecting against the build-up of dust that wears and tears them.
- Reduce maintenance costs of your valued machinery.
- Create a cleaner work environment that values productivity for your employees.