Controlling Dust: A Key Step in Improving Air Quality in Manufacturing Facilities
Implementing a comprehensive dust or weld fume collection system has become a major responsibility and a must for manufacturers to enable them to keep up with changing air quality regulations set, specially, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One example of a recently changed air quality regulation is on the collection of silica dust as scientific evidence has shown that the previous limits on silica dust were not keeping workers safe. The changes made, according to OSHA, may just be able to prevent 600 deaths and 900 new cases of silicosis each year.
One key step in improving air quality in manufacturing facilities is controlling dust. Good air quality leads to increased worker productivity and other benefits, including less absenteeism and lowered workers’ compensation claims (which translates to lower insurance premiums manufacturers will need to pay).
Aside from safeguarding the health of employees, a recent study on the impact of indoor air pollution on worker productivity has shown a 4.2% improvement in productivity when air pollution was reduced by 10 ppb (parts per billion); on the other hand, poor indoor air quality has consistently resulted to six added lost workdays per year for every ten employees.
Poor air quality due to dust and weld fumes causes irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, and respiratory ailments (some of its effects are much more serious and deadly, like cancer). No worker should have to suffer or be rendered incapable of doing his or her job simply due to a manufacturer’s failure to comply with OSHA’s clean air mandates in the workplace. Thus, in order not to be caught off-guard and in violation of OSHA mandates, which can most likely result to fines, lawsuits and reputational harm, many manufacturers have made the wise decision of investing in a comprehensive dust or weld fume collection system that will remove harmful contaminants from the air.
One type of a comprehensive dust or weld fume collection system that majority of manufacturers have invested into is the Fusion Series system from RoboVent. With powerful blowers and cutting-edge filter designs, this dust collection system has helped in assuring and maintaining clean air in manufacturing facilities, from the automotive industry to heavy manufacturing.