Tens of thousands of workers around the world develop occupational diseases from breathing in dusts, fumes and many other other airborne contaminants at their place of work. Dust extraction, fume extraction or local exhaust ventilation help to clean the air, before harmful substances are inhaled. A worker, consultant, or employer has to fully understand the nature of the process at work to better understand the dust sources that are created. Dust extraction units can only be effective if they are used according to their design and installed correctly. An improperly installed or specified dust extractor that has the ‘trust’ of the employees around it can be more dangerous than none at all. The workplace environment should be tested and monitored to ascertain the likely effects industry can have your staff. This can be done with a dust monitor. Many different dust monitoring and dust measurement sampling methods are used to get an accurate measurement of the dust that could be causing a health risk to workers directly and/or indirectly exposed. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for dusts and fibres in the workplace make it possible for you to ascertain whether your processes are harmful and action is needed or that they are within the safe limits defined. Dust monitors must always be properly maintained and regularly calibrated.
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