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Getting Rid of Dust Particles

Excessive exposure to dust particles and air pollution is problematic in many industries, including construction, mining and manufacturing, making dust control systems a popular method to improve air quality as well as to meet OSHA and EPA standards. Dust particles from 0.001 to 0.1 mm (1 to 100 microns) are considered threatening, but the most dangerous dust is smaller than 0.005 mm (5 microns), which is not visible to the naked eye. Smaller particles can pass into the lungs only to get caught in lung tissue that can result in life-threatening conditions.

Air pollution in the workplace should be controlled by implementing proper dust control in all areas of their workplace where necessary. Employers can purchase a variety of air pollution control systems, including exhaust systems, ventilation systems, masks, and respirators. There are specific guidelines to control airborne dust in a workplace, including silica and asbestos limits. In order to meet standards, particulates should not exceed the maximum concentration limit for the type of dust as specified. Even when air pollution control systems are in place, monitoring, sampling, and analysis of dust exposure is required to make sure the air quality is safe for employees.
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