Dust is an isssue in almost all workplace environments and depending on the make up of the particulates forming the dust may be a hazard to health as well as compromising the efficiency of machinery.
Therefore, when getting rid of dust, it is ideal that you deal with hard-to-reach places such as behind appliances and thoroughly clean the air before particles can settle.
According to research, the most dangerous skin conditions and respiratory diseases contracted from workplace can be ascribed to dust. The immediate consequences of dust emerge from the combustive disposition of dust as well as the dust particles released in the atmosphere the workers breathe.
Dust and Airborne Particulates in the Workplace
Effects of Dust in Workplace
Dust may carry irritant chemicals like those used to process many industrial materials. From simple irritation to carcinogenic reaction there is a medical need to control the effects of dust in the workplace
Dust particles released in the atmosphere can be sucked into your upper airways i.e. via the nose and pharynx, and cause irritation and breathing difficulties. If someone already suffering from any kind of respiratory issue such as pneumonia or asthma,
then dust can aggravate the issue and eventually cause acute attacks.
Dust particles can settle in eyes and occlude the lens. Safety googles should be worn where appropriate, however in many cases the answer is to remove dust from source. Having effective air filtration systems which reduce or prevent the build up or particulates
Protecting Yourself From Irritation
This is essential for those who have asthma or allergies. If you end up coughing or sneezing, this can easily inhibit your capability of removing unwanted dust from your workplace. Face masks, googles, protective clothing and sensible clean downs of equipment all have a role to play in the reduction of dust and particulate build up.
Industrial Air Filtration
Air conditioning ventilation is a common area where large amounts of dust matter can build up, leading to an increasingly high level of air pollution over time. A robust ventilation cleaning program using appropriate safety measures if required by the types of substance being used in the workplace is essential. For normal human dust – which is largely dead skin particles, use an electrostatic mop or soft- brush vacuum attachment to get rid of dust from such places. If there are removable filters like air conditioning filters, remove them and clean them using warm, soapy water. Let them dry before you put them back in place.
Once again , for toxic, carcinogenic or more irritant dust, or for sites that deal with more hazardous airborne particulates than a commercial filtration system is the solution.