Read on to learn about industrial dust collection solutions systems, regulations, and common problems you will want to avoid.
In 2002, the US government put wood dust on its list of “known carcinogens,” which means that it is linked to health risks associated with nose, throat, and lung cancer. Other manufacturing industries such as the metalworking industry has known this fact for longer, but in any case it has taken a while for dust to become a serious industry issue. Since fire explosions from dust accidents in US factories started being recorded with more frequency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been providing stricter guidelines for dust regulation.
The best way to deal with this potential problem is to handle it before it starts handling you. Woodworking and metalworking tables often come with dust collectors, exhaust hoods, or ports for this reason. For example, an exhaust hood produces capture velocity, allowing the machine to “snatch” the dust particle and transport it away from the worker. Better yet, there are dust collection systems that can guarantee your safety that work in all industries.
What are Common Dust Control Problems?
Common dust control areas include:
- Reduced productivity because of excessive dust in the machines and environment
- Flammability in the work environment, putting you at risk for explosions
- Risk of being audited and found noncompliant in industry dust control standards
- A variety of health risks for workers dealing with dust-related equipment for extended periods of time
What are the key terms to know?
System: The system refers to the hood, ductwork, collector, fan, and filters-the total sum of the parts working together. These components function to collect dust where it is produced at the source, detach it from the air, transport it to a different area, and recycle the cleaned air.
CFM: Stands for Cubic Feet per Minute- measures the volume of air flow
Static Pressure: Expresses resistance of the system, in inches of water column. This sums up entry, acceleration, collector, and filter loss.
Velocity: Expresses the air speed transported through the ducts. The airflow in the CFM is divided by the cross sectional duct area (square feet).
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Not sure if you’re meeting dust regulation standards or just concerned about keeping your system updated? It’s never good to leave things to chance. Check the status of your dust collectors and get real-time industrial dust control solutions from us at Imperial Systems. We’ve been at the forefront of the industry for years and lead innovations in dust collection and management. At Imperial Systems, we’re interested not just in giving you a one-time solution, but building a relationship that will help you to feel safe and prepared with industrial dust control solutions for years to come. Contact us at 800-918-3013 or visit our website at isystemsweb.com for more information.