Dust Control. Saves Lives
Abrasive Blasting generates large volumes of dust that can be toxic and small enough to be inhaled into lungs and thus can be hazardous to workers. Sandblasting operations are therefore undertaken in custom designed blast rooms. These blast rooms can be placed under negative pressure by a dust collection system to remove unsafe contaminants from the air, keeping the workplace safe for all operators.
Airborne dust particles also contaminate our sensitive ecosystems, in particular our rivers, dams and waterways negatively impacting on water quality. Hazardous dust and fumes that escape into the atmosphere can reduce crops in agriculture by burying seeds, cause loss of plant tissue and reduce photosynthetic activity and increase soil erosion. In addition airborne dust and fumes can also play a role in the transmission of diseases.
Health & Safety Regulations
Dust control regulations for the Abrasive Blasting Industry are becoming increasingly stringent due to the rising number of silicosis cases being reported across the globe. Silicosis is an incurable lung disease caused by exposure to harmful silica dust which is found in almost every type of natural rock, sand, clay and gravel.
The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation includes more specific requirements to manage the risks of hazardous chemicals, airborne contaminants and plant, as well as other hazards associated with abrasive blasting activities like noise and manual tasks.