Certain types of skills such as carpentry, stonemasonry, welding and car repairing can produce vast amounts of contaminated dust that cause debilitating and fatal diseases. Using effective dust extraction often referred to as LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) combined with face masks or breathing apparatus will significantly help to reduce the effects and could literally mean the difference of life or death.
The Dangers of Dust
Carpentry produces a fine powder, particularly when using high-powered tools and breathing it in during the working day can at the least result in asthma. Woodworking procedures such as sanding cause a heavy amount of minute particles. Different types of wood contribute to various ailments with hardwoods in particular causing cancer.
Stonemasonry dust is responsible for causing lung cancer, silicosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to the presence of fine particles of silica.
Welding is especially hazardous for the metal dust is so fine it can only be seen as a cloud of smoke. Health problems depend on the type of metal being welded.
Car body repairs frequently include the use of fillers which contain hardeners, chemicals and solvents which produce a fine dust when being sanded. Without adequate protection the lungs can become diseased.
More often than not hazardous dust cannot always be seen as it drifts up from the job in hand. Using a special dust lamp or anemometer will clearly show the dust smoke and can be used an extra safety measure to determine whether a local exhaust removal system is functioning correctly.
Choosing a Dust Extraction Unit
Having established that your workshop needs a dust extractor, the next step is to consider some of the features you’ll find in a portable version. Choose a size that offers flexibility and mobility to suit your available space. Welders need units with wheels that can easily be moved while wearing thick gauntlets. The capacity in the collector can reach up to fifteen litres and will need emptying on a regular basis. Extra thick dust collection bags and HEPA filtration panels will trap 99.9% of fine particles for superior dust control. Some models have an automatic cleaning system that ensures the filters are kept free of a build up of dust to maintain an uninterrupted flow of air. Flexible pipes in a choice of sizes and interchangeable nozzles to remove both large and fine particles provide flexible options in the workshop. Some can be operated remotely and others have the capability to be used with wet substances.
Working with any materials that produce dust can be harmful to your health particularly over prolonged use. It is vital to use adequate protection from masks but using a dust extractor unit will effectively remove the dust at source preventing it spreading and causing further problems by being distributed by draughts protecting both the health of the worker and anyone else in the area. Data Power Tools have an excellent range of dust extractors.