The hidden killer

Dust is one of the main hazards facing on-site workers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that 500 people die each year in the UK from silica-related diseases while 4,000 die each year of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) linked to work.

dust effects
Health effects of ineffective dust collection and dust extraction:
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Aggravated asthma
  • Decreased lung function
  • Asbestosis
  • Nasal cancer
  • Respiratory problems
  • Dermatosis and silicosis
Where is dust control required
When you need dust collection and extraction solutions:
  • Cutting brick, concrete, sandstone and tiles
  • Demolition work
  • Cutting and sanding wood
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Rock drilling
  • Machining operations
  • Sanding taped and covered plasterboard joints
dust control methodology
Effective dust control methodology:
  • Position the extraction system close to the source and with sufficient intake power for the levels of dust being generated 
  • Ensure sufficient extraction for the area being covered
  • Establish negative air pressure to draw dust to the extraction and introduce fresh air whenever an entrance door to the area is opened
  • Use a containment tent when appropriate to limit spread of dust

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