Millions of workers face exposure to occupational dust and all its dangers every day. From roadways under construction to a factory floor, there is an endless amount of dust. Although dust may seem innocuous, that is simply not the case. Here is a look at the dangers of dust and some preventative measures you can take to protect the health of your workers. Heavy exposure to dust can lead to negative health effects all over the body. In fact, dust is linked to many serious health conditions, short- and long-term. As workers breathe in the tiny particles, they can become trapped and potentially cause a reaction, inflammation and infection. The levels of toxicity in the dust depends on the materials producing it. Processing minerals can produce some of the more dangerous forms of dust — including silica and asbestos. Highly dangerous yet common, these two forms contribute to the most documented worker deaths. Understanding that death can be an outcome in these scenarios, the efforts of combatting these dangers should be of utmost importance to businesses. To learn more about the ways in which businesses are protecting their workers from the dangers of dust, please read on the infographic accompanying this post.
The Danger Of Dealing With Dust In The Workplace this resource was contributed by DuroVac, the leader in industrial vacuum systems