Dust might seem like it's only a nuisance, but letting dust go unchecked in manufacturing environments can be dangerous.
A safe work environment is a productive work environment. There’s a lot that goes into maintaining safe work conditions in manufacturing, and that includes air quality and dust levels.
Dust may seem innocent, but it’s not, as we illustrate below.
Check your dust levels and learn more about iGAM’s UAS BDC-22 Baghouse Dust Collector System to keep your facility clean.
UAS BDC-22 Baghouse Dust Collector System
Dangers of dust in manufacturing
Dust isn’t an unusual result of industrial processes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous.
Most countries have laws that provide a legal limit of dust in the workplace. In the United States, OSHA set the maximum limits for gases, vapors, fumes, mists, and total and respirable dust in Standard 29 CFR. Click the link to check out the complete list with maximum levels.
Why is dust dangerous? It can cause a wide range of health problems, from mild conditions like skin, eye, or respiratory system irritation, to severe conditions such as lung cancer. It can also aggravate existing problems like asthma, putting workers at risk of attacks.
Finer dust particles are more dangerous than large dust particles because they evade the body’s natural systems that work to prevent dust inhalation, like nose hairs and mucus lining. When finer dust particles are breathed in, they enter the bloodstream or become trapped in the lungs.
Additionally, dust can increase the risk of fire or explosion in contact with electrical systems. Having a warehouse clean of dust will protect workers from potentially disastrous accidents.
Employee safety is top priority
Manufacturers should always keep their employees’ safety as their top priority.
Employers can provide staff with personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as health and safety training to keep employees educated about workplace safety. Also, employers should offer a way for manufacturing workers to provide complaints and feedback about the work environment.
If dust levels exceed the legal limits, then warehouse operators should implement a dust collector system to ensure that the air is clean and breathable for workers.
Plus, it’s beneficial for the company to reduce dust levels: when employers prioritize workplace safety, employees are more productive and efficient.
How to determine if you have a dust problem
To check if your dust levels are within legal limits, the best method is to use atmospheric monitoring. This will allow you to identify the types of dust hazards in your facility, as well as the levels present.
You can also perform a visual inspection of the warehouse.
- Are there dust clouds during production?
- Is there an excessive amount of dust on floors and/or surface areas?
- Is it difficult to breathe near certain machines or parts of the facility?
Be consistent with your dust checks to ensure that the facility’s air quality always meets legal standards.
Purchase a dust collector system at iGAM
Do you need to get a handle on the dust levels in your facility?
Check out iGAM’s UAS BDC-22 Baghouse Dust Collector System!
This dust collector system is a compact, self-cleaning, continuous-duty system that economically meets the needs of every industrial dust collection application.
This advanced system utilizes a pulse-jet cleaning system that effectively “pulses-off” the captured dust and cleans the filter while the system stays on-line. With minimal pressure drop, the BDC’s many filter media options maintain 99.9%+ filtration efficiency.
Provide your employees with a clean and safe working environment with the UAS BDC-22 Baghouse Dust Collector System today. You can Make an Offer on this item, just like any item on the iGAM Marketplace, to set your own price. Simply send us your highest offer and an iGAM Specialist will get back to you within one business day.
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