Cast Iron Grinding Dust

Reducing the Risk of Cast Iron Grinding Dust Exposure

Styles come and go, but the use of cast iron in the construction business remains steady. Whether it’s for home, office or institutional uses, this material is used widely. Working with this metal, however, carries certain risks. As any metalworking operation understands, measures must be taken to protect workers.

Many methods exist to improve air quality in metalworking facilities. These measures yield many benefits—they protect workers, safeguard equipment and ensure regulatory compliance. Fortunately, these solutions are affordable and easy to implement.

Exposure Risks for Cast Iron Grinding Dust

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates metallic dusts and fumes with a special vigor due to their particular dangers to workers. While cast iron grinding involves far less toxicity than other metalworking processes, it is still crucial for employers to protect workers. Exposure to iron oxide, a substance sometimes encountered in cast iron grinding, is a danger, as well. This substance has been associated with cases of pulmonary siderosis, an occupational lung disease.

Iron dust is also listed by OSHA as a combustible dust. Cast iron grinding facilities must be aware of dust accumulating in a confined space. These particulates, combined in just the right proportion with oxygen in such a space, pose an ignition risk. Dust explosions can be highly destructive and can cause injury or death to workers.

Regulations for Cast Iron Grinding Dust

Most dust concerns involved with cast iron grinding will fall under OSHA’s total dust limit of 15 mg/m3. This permissible exposure limit (PEL) is a cap on a worker’s exposure as averaged over an 8-hour shift. The PEL for iron oxide is more strict. Workers are only allowed 10 mg/m3 during the course of a shift.

As with all OSHA regulations, compliance is necessary to avoid serious fines. Citations are a paperwork hassle, a legal liability and potentially a very large expense.

Solutions for Dust and Fumes in Cast Iron Grinding

RoboVent’s dust collectors are unsurpassed in their effectiveness and ease of use. Our engineers have almost three decades of experience treating dusts of all kinds. RoboVent’s line of portable dust collectors are well suited for single grinding stations. These collectors can be outfitted with arms or hoods to capture dust at its source, protecting workers and those around them. For facility-wide solutions, RoboVent’s systems like the Fusion Series provide power and efficiency to clean the air while keeping costs under control.

These dust control solutions do more than just improve lives—they are crucial tools for protecting facilities and complying with safety regulations. RoboVent is passionate about its role in industry and in leading the way in air quality solutions. We offer the best service in the business, as well as the best warranties available.

Dust Collection Solution Configurations

Traditional Configuration

The traditional configuration maximizes performance with ductwork sized for optimal airflow for your specific applications.

Clean Air Services

VentMapping® Engineering

VentMapping is a systematic engineering and design service. Our comprehensive approach helps us find the safest, most effective and most efficient way to meet your goals.

RoboVent Maintenance Program, Clean Air and Industrial Air Filtration Solutions

ClientCare Maintenance Program

ClientCare lets you leverage RoboVent's expertise so you can reduce the burden on your maintenance staff and stay focused on your core business.

Cast Iron Grinding Dust Collectors

Fusion™ Series

A dust collector on the cutting edge of air filtration. The Fusion Series delivers exceptional performance and cost savings in a powerful, simple package.

Types of Cast Iron Grinding Dust Filters

Endurex RMO Cartridge Filters, Dust & Fume Air Filters

Endurex RMO Cartridge Filters

RoboVent's premium filter engineered to provide the best filtration protection for your plant and employees. A widened pleat and proprietary filter media help deliver top performance.