Working with metals can be a health hazard for a variety of reasons, but a particularly dangerous health risk can come from the metal dust that is a byproduct of many different industrial activities. Many industrial spaces are required to contain equipment that goes above and beyond standards of safety to ensure that dust is cleared out of the space before it reaches dangerous levels and can cause a serious explosion.
Uses of Different Metal Dust Collection Equipment
There are plenty of different types of equipment out there that can help remove dust throughout the entire production process. There is only one NFPA approved method of collecting metal dust and that is with a wet type collector.
- Wet Collection: These are specialized dust collection units that can be used in processes that can quickly create a problem with dust accumulation. Processes such as sanding and grinding create excess dust that needs to be immediately removed. Wet collectors will direct dust into water collection units to turn the dust into sludge that may be transported and disposed of.
Using Dust Collection Equipment to Keep Workers Safe
Exposure to even a small amount of metal dust can have a detrimental effect to worker’s health, which is why preventing exposure is so important. While using immediate precautions such as masks and goggles can help, the dust will still need to be cleared out of the area. There is a wide variety of equipment to help prevent risks of exposure or fire hazards.