The Problems with Hazardous Dust
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In everyday contexts crystalline silica is safe. It exists in “sand, quartz, calcium carbonate, gypsum, dolomite, mica and other materials. During industrial processes like crushing and drilling a very fine dust Respirable Crystalline Silica (RSC) is produced which is known to cause silicosis among other lung disorders.
Carbon fibre dust
Carbon fiber dust is well-known to be hazardous to electronics because carbon fibers are electrically conductive. If allowed to build up, this dust can short out computers and cause other digital device havoc. It is also associated with lung damage in people.
Carbon nanotubes are 20 times stronger than carbon fiber. Unfortunately, research has shown that they’re also as dangerous to human lungs as asbestos. Carbon nanotubes can also irritate the eyes and the skin.
Several types of resin dusts are common in composites manufacturing, Dust from heated bismaleimide resin products can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. And dust from polyurethane resin is highly toxic.
Combustible / Explosive dust
Dusts that don’t pose exposure risks can still be hazardous if allowed to accumulate as they can become combustible.
The American Composite Manfacturing Association (ACMA) in relation to combustible dust stated in an article “staff are not aware of any composites dust that did not test as hazardous using OSHA’s approved test methods”
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Health and Safety Authority Information
The HSA has much information on hazardorous dust like the following fact sheet on Silica dust –
Occupational exposure to crystalline silica dust occurs in many industries including: quarrying, mining, mineral processing (e.g. drying, grinding, bagging and handling) slate working, stone crushing and dressing, foundry work, brick and tile making, some refractory processes, construction and demolition work, including work with stone, concrete, brick and some insulation boards, tunneling, building restoration, pottery and ceramic industries.
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Environmental Health & Safety Managers turn to PCP Group for advice and solutions when they are concerned about personnel exposure to workplace dust or when under regulatory pressure and seeking to avoid fines and large claims resulting from employee work-related illnesses.
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