Exposure to dust particles if left unaddressed can cause serious risks to the health of workers and surrounding communities. Breathing in dust, such as coal dust, silica dust and other finely powdered materials, can damage the lungs and airways and cause skin and eye irritation. Other safety concerns relating to dust include reduced visibility around plant and equipment potentially resulting in major safety hazards.
Controlling the generation of the dust at the source is a more effective means of reducing exposure during the extractive process, rather than trying to control the dust once it has become airborne. One of the strengths of the dust suppression foam is that it is administered in the crusher or shredder where the majority of dust is generated. The potential airborne dust particles adhere to the foam and by the time the foam and particles go through the remainder of the process the foam dries and the dust carries through to the fines product, unlike basic water spray systems and water cannons which try to contain the airborne dust with water droplets, which is very difficult when it is windy.
In Australia, most States have legislation and regulations on dust management and exposure limits in this industry, consequently businesses are required to comply or face fines. Recently the occupational exposure limits have been reduced by the governing bodies and the industry is on notice to comply with these changes in legislation.
The Top 8 Reasons our Mobile Dust Suppression Trailer is the Answer
1. Protection of staff and communities