While dust may have a variety of definitions, most people think of it as dry, small particles that are solid that can be projected into the air through natural forces and man-made process. Wind, volcanoes, crushing, milling, grinding, drilling, shovelling, demolition, conveying, bagging, and even sweeping can stir up the dust and get it flowing into the air that your employees breathe. Dust particles can range in size, but it’s usually tiny and isn’t necessarily seen with the naked eye. Therefore, dust monitoring is important to ensure that the dust levels don’t get so high that visibility is limited or the amount that could be breathed in isn’t too high for safety concerns.
Dust types can range from metallic to mineral and other chemicals. The toxicity of the dust is dependent on the particle size, type, chemical composition, rate of exposure, and much more. While inhalation is the primary concern, some dust particles can also be absorbed through the mucous membranes and skin. Dust monitoring requires a sampling of the air. Testing can include a variety of dusts, such as inhalable, thoracic, and respirable dust. It is important to monitor how much dust is there and what type it is to ensure that your employees are safe.
At Safety & Environmental Services Australia, they understand the dangerous effects that some dust particles can have on the respiratory system. Therefore, they offer dust monitoring and air sampling to ensure that your workplace is safe. They offer a variety of methods to test the air for dust and other problematic issues, including asbestos. They use an appropriately sized sampler with gravimetric analysis to measure exposure to dust in your workplace. Of course, metal and silica dusts can also be analysed with chemical analysis options. Regardless, the samples are collected and sent to the laboratory for analysis.