What is dust?
Dust related to health & productivity
Both dust types can prove fatal to human beings. On the industrial side of things, where inorganic dust is not only prominent, but extremely hazardous, tailored dust suppression systems are used to control and reduce airborne dust particles. The importance of these solutions cannot be undermined, as several life-threatening lung diseases are the result of continued exposure to certain kinds of dust.
For example, asbestos and silica (quartz) each result in lung fibrosis because of asbestosis and silicosis diseases, respectively. In fact, South Africa has one of the highest rates of silicosis in the world (“Occupational respiratory diseases in the South African mining industry” – Gill Nelson, 2013). Other potentially fatal diseases acquired from breathing inorganic dust are COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and lung cancer, among others.
In addition to the physical health disadvantages, inorganic dust can also hamper visibility. This has the potential of leading to unnecessary accidents and may also delay production processes. Worker wellbeing and health are an organisation’s top priorities, followed closely by its production processes and end products.
It is therefore imperative that all companies strictly follow all protocols related to dust control and dust management, and that application-ideal dust control solutions be implemented.