Dust is all around us. Be it our homes, workplace, or the environment; you will find dust everywhere. Particles of dust accumulating on your coffee table or bookshelf are a nuisance and require cleaning to maintain the visual appeal of your surroundings. Moreover, individuals with dust sensitivity may suffer from allergies or other health problems.
However, the dust has a greater and more sinister impact from an industrial perspective. In addition to being a health hazard for the workforce, it can cause financial setbacks in the form of damage to the equipment or interruption in the production processes.
Whether produced as a result of industrial processes or due to some environmental conditions such as wind or a sandstorm, these small particles of dry solid matter can get everywhere, even the smallest nooks and spaces. While it poses a hazard and may potentially damage your property, there are dust solutions to fend off unwanted particles from entering your property.
Let us put your mind at ease and share some effective dust solutions to keep the dust particles out.
Understanding dust and its impact
As mentioned earlier, dust consists of small dry solid matter particles which are airborne and eventually land on a horizontal surface. Wind causes the dust particles to move and spreads them out.
Depending on the nature of the setup, the dust may be generated due to the manufacturing process or logistics setup in commercial concerns such as industrial setups. For instance, chemicals used in production and processes like cutting, welding, grinding, or drilling may generate a significant amount of dust.
Similarly, mechanical processes such as conveyor discharge or transfer or movement of truck tires may also cause the dust to be lifted to the ground. However, in most instances, the wind is responsible for spreading dust. The spread’s extent depends on the size of the dust particle being displaced and the speed of the wind.
For instance, if caught up in a wind draught, small dust particles can travel for miles even. So, if you live in a region prone to strong winds or sand storms, you may have to adopt robust measures to keep the dust at bay.
Why is dust harmful
If not catered to in time, the dust can cause harm to the environment, disturb your workflow process, damage the equipment, compromise the visual aspects, or threaten employee safety and health.
For instance, the smaller sub-10micron particles can get into the airways and compromise employees’ respiratory health. A strong wind carrying dust particles is hence a cause of pollution, dust or element sprays, and erosion.
The dust in industrial concerns is unlike the dust you encounter in your home surroundings. The dust particles in a manufacturing setup may contain small particles of different substances like metal, wood, or concrete.
This type of dust is a health and safety hazard as it may be toxic, and employees exposed to it on a regular basis through inhalation or superficial contact may develop allergic reactions or skin conditions and respiratory issues like occupational asthma or lung diseases.
Additionally, if some forms of particles that are of an explosive nature are carried along with the wind, they may cause combustible dust explosions and are hence a potential safety hazard.
The airborne dust particles from wind, sand, or dust storms thus must be kept away to maintain individuals’ safety, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and protect workplace processes and equipment to prevent disruption in business and financial losses.
Whatever the nature of dust is, effective dust solutions must be aimed at controlling as much dust as possible at the source so they are not allowed to enter the premises of the site or your property. Here is an effective dust control solution.
Dust solutions for wind
As suggested earlier, wind can be a major cause of spreading dust. So, a windbreak structure like a wind fence or wind shelter can be deployed to reduce the wind speed. It can significantly reduce the speed of the incoming wind over large areas and localized areas.
Unlike other forms of dust solutions used in the industry, wind fences are considered to provide consistent dust control and prevent product loss without, hence not causing a hike in your operational or maintenance expenditures.
A wind fence is low-maintenance as once it is installed, you do not require power, water, air, or even any spare parts, with a few exceptions. Once erected, they continue to work all day, every day. The support structure of a wind fence is custom-designed to endure the wind force according to the area of your property. The fabric of the wind fence is durable, economical, and installed to endure the strongest of wind currents.
Dust solutions truck dumps and transfer points
The airborne dust particles from truck dumps, cladding, and transfer points can be controlled through wind protection or accumulating the smaller dust particles and preventing them from spreading around.
A wetting agent like fog can be used to wet the dust. It is concentrated to provide the desired results. The treated material is subjected to containment in a shelter so that damage due to erosion is minimized.
A porous fabric is used for making dust containment screens as it is economical, allows natural ventilation and light to come through, and can be modified to fit any kind of building. Dust containment screens can be deployed.
Dust solutions by WeatherSolve
WeatherSolve offers custom-designed dust control solutions according to customer requirements. It designs, engineers, constructs, and installs dust solutions according to your geographic location, weather condition, or wind patterns. Thus these solutions are designed to cater to any weather condition, be it wind, hail, snow, or ice.
The structures are also designed to fit your location, so your work processes are not disrupted. The dust solutions are also cost-effective and offer maximum control at optimized costs.
So, whether you are aiming to prevent product loss, safeguard employee safety and health, reduce airborne dust pollution or safeguard transfer points, and want a permanent solution for dust control, WeatherSolve can cater to your specific needs.