Dust Control. Saves Lives
Dust particles can become airborne during many of the extraction, processing and storing of rock and mineral products during Bulk Storage Handling.
Hazardous dusts that can cause diseases when inhaled are found in a large number of industries, including but are not limited to: asbestos, crystalline silica, hard metals, aluminium, bagasse, cotton, hay, straw and grains. If inhaled, these dusts can pose a serious risk to the health and safety of workers.
Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation now places strict requirements on the management of dust through Workplace Exposure Limits (WEL). Globally, the WEL for specific dust types do vary, but regulations are being periodically reviewed and updated to take into account current scientific evidence linking exposure to disease.
Airborne dust particles not only affect workers they also affect our communities and can contaminate our sensitive ecosystems, in particular our rivers, dams and waterways negatively impacting on water quality, reducing crops in agriculture by burying seeds, causing loss of plant tissue, reducing photosynthetic activity and increasing soil erosion, and if that isn’t enough airborne dusts can also play a role in the transmission of diseases.