With so many moving parts on the typical job site, dust can begin to accumulate, causing issues both with workplace health and safety as well as concerns with the working order of your expensive and essential equipment. To mitigate the negative effects of dust, there are a few different options for dust control. Before diving into your best options, let’s first discuss why dust control is so important.
The Importance of a Dust Control Solution
For many employers, depending on the local regulations, workers have the right to refuse unsafe work, which includes exposure to harmful dust. By implementing a dust control solution, workers spend more time on the job with safer working conditions.
Avoid Damage to Expensive Equipment
Depending on the piece of equipment, dust can have seriously damaging effects on the working order of your most essential equipment. The nature of dust results in the secret accumulation of dust where general maintenance can often miss it. In addition to general clogging, dust absorbs moisture which can produce corrosion-like effects on metal equipment and electronics. The result can be lower efficacy or in the worst cases, complete equipment failure.
Dust Control Methods
There are a few different methods for controlling dust in a job site, all of which offer slightly different advantages and disadvantages.
Water cannons essentially spray water into the air of the job site, where water droplets work to suppress dust. Water mist can strategically use water and is fairly low cost, with careful consideration of runoff and pooling effects on the worksite. One downside to using water to control dust is that the fine balance between small and large droplets can be hard to strike.
Small droplets are prone to evaporation, especially if the atmosphere of your job site tends to be exposed to significant sun and heat, whereas large droplets are more affected by gravity, making it less effective in suppressing as much dust as possible.
Dry Fog Suppression
Dry fog is another method of dry fog suppression. This particular method has been found to ‘absorb’ a wide range of dust particle sizes. One consideration to be made is that the dry fog nozzle can clog, so it’s important to find a model with a nozzle design that is not prone to clogging.
Dust control misting utilizes high pressure misting by creating ultra-small water droplets that capture small dust particles. This particular method is quite versatile but can be less effective for job sites where larger dust particles are present.
Environmentally Friendly Dust Control
Enviro Handling Solutions offers industry-leading dust control solutions that are carefully designed to offer dust suppression in an environmentally conscious manner. Enviro Handling’s dust control solutions are designed and engineered in-house using over 25 years of knowledge among its staff. The result? A cleaner and safer job site for you, with added cost savings.
Learn more about how you can integrate Enviro Handling Solutions into your operations by contacting us here.