Frequently Asked Questions About Industrial Dust Control
Answers from an Industrial Dust Control Dealer in the UK
For over 30 years, UK residents have counted on PWM Sales Ltd. for all their surface preparation and industrial dust control product needs. Our family-owned company has established contacts from many respected manufacturers from across the UK and the globe. As recognised experts in the industry, we’ve taken time to answer frequent questions regarding our industrial dust control products below. If you don’t find your specific concern addressed, please reach out to us for additional info from our team!
What Is Industrial or Construction Dust?
Industrial or construction dust is a broad umbrella term describing the dust produced on a construction job site. The type of dust depends on the work being done. Examples of industrial dust include wood and silica dust. Silica is a mineral found in many common building materials, including sand, granite, concrete, mortar, drywall, grout, tile, and natural stone. Because silica is broken down into a very fine dust during concrete grinding, drilling, and cutting, prolonged exposure to concrete or silica dust can be harmful to your health. Dust usually builds up the most in confined workspaces in which high-energy power tools and equipment produce a lot of dust in a short time. However, you can still breathe in a lot of industrial dust even on outdoor job sites. It’s wise to invest in industrial dust control products to help keep you and your workers safe while on a job involving concrete or other hazardous wastes.
Is Breathing Concrete Dust Harmful to Your Health?
Studies have indicated a link between breathing in concrete or silica dust and the development of several severe health and respiratory conditions, including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma, and more. Please refer to informational pamphlets from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for more details about the health hazards associated with concrete dust.
How Can I Control the Amount of Construction Dust on a Site?
If you purchase the correct size of building materials you need for a task, you can significantly reduce the amount of cutting, grinding, and preparation time required, which in turn reduces the amount of dust being produced during these tasks. You could also consider using less powerful power tools on a job site or alternative work methods, such as using a nail gun instead of a drill. You should invest in industrial dust control products for the job site, which may include air movers, industrial vacuums, dust extractors, interceptors, and other types of industrial dust collectors. Having the right dust collection system in place can significantly improve the air quality on a job site. Wearing respiratory masks alone is not adequate protection, as sometimes the air filter inside the mask can become clogged. You also run the risk of workers forgetting to put on their masks or wearing them incorrectly.
How Do I Safely Remove or Clean Concrete Dust from Floors?
One of the best ways to remove concrete dust safely is to invest in industrial vacuums and other dust control methods that connect directly to power tools to collect the industrial dust at its source. Industrial vacuums are commonly referred to as the “dry method” of removing concrete dust by industry insiders. A “wet method” of concrete dust removal uses water at the grinding head to capture the dust as it’s being created, which can then be extracted from the floor using a vacuum. PWM Sales Ltd. has industrial vacuum equipment for purchase or hire at competitive rates. Contact us today for more details!
What Is an Industrial Dust Collector? How Does One Work?
An industrial dust collector is used to collect hazardous industrial dust before it settles on surfaces, greatly reducing the amount of industrial dust in the air being breathed in by your workers. Industrial dust collectors come in a variety of sizes and can be customized to your working environment’s needs. However, you’ll need to remember to change the air filter regularly to keep it well-maintained and running optimally.
What Is a Cartridge Dust Collector? How Does One Work?
A cartridge dust collector collects and filters dust using cartridge filters. Once these filters are full, the dust collector automatically cleans them using air to propel the dust into a disposal compartment called a hopper. However, you’ll need to remember to replace the cartridge filters regularly for the best product performance. There are various sizes of filters available, depending on what kind and how much dust is present on your job site. A word to the wise: some filters may last longer than others.
How Do I Know Which Dust Collection System Is Right for Me?
Industrial dust collection systems are designed with specific operations in mind. You may contact the professionals at PWM Sales Ltd. to determine which is the most appropriate system for your needs. We carry state-of-the-art industrial dust control products from leading manufacturers in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Japan, and the USA. We’d also love to keep in touch to let you know about exclusive offers!