More About Dust Extraction

In many workplaces dust can cause serious health problems and potential fire and explosion hazards. Protecting against the dangers of dust is crucial.

Simply, dust is made up of small, airborne particles. Most are too small to be seen but can be breathed in through the nose and mouth.

Most dust we inhale is filtered out in the nasal passages, however, very fine dust is able to travel to our lungs and into other organs of the body. Fine dust also stays in the air for much longer.

Dust is divided into two types. Organic, which includes dust from textiles, wood, grain and flour and inorganic, which includes dust from metal, stone, sand and talc.

Across many industries, the use of powered machinery and tools can create large amounts of dust.  Some materials i.e certain wood and metal types , can create particularly hazardous dust. Apart from airborne dust being harmful, resulting waste needs to be disposed of carefully.

Efficient Dust Extraction and Waste Processing ensures that you protect your health, creating a safer working environment, reducing risks and even helping machinery to work more efficiently. The Air Plants team are more than happy to advise and support you in finding the most effective and safest way of extracting and disposing of dust and waste in your workplace.

An extremely effective way of controlling dust is through a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, comprising of ducting, filter and fanset. Essentially, an LEV system captures dust by means of hoods which are placed around the application. Airflow, induced into the hoods by the fanset then carries the dust through ducting to the filter which removes the dust from the air. One LEV system can provide dust extraction for multiple machines. Getting the right LEV system for your workplace is paramount. For more information watch a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky8y2jDk6i8 or visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/lev/

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (C.O.S.H.H) are Statutory Regulations that stipulate how employers should protect employees and others in the workplace from the hazards of substances such as dust. General requirements are set out for risk assessment, monitoring, control of exposure and preventing and reducing harm to health. C.O.S.H.H legislation states it is mandatory that LEV systems are tested at least every 14 months to verify that dust in air levels, stipulated in EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits are maintained. For more information about C.O.S.H.H visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

Airplants offer a full C.O.S.H.H assessment and dust monitoring service of all LEV systems. We are also able to offer a regular periodic maintenance service on all types of dust extraction equipment.

Contact Air Plants Dust Extraction Ltd for advice and a no-obligation, free on-site survey.