Aluminum Dust Collection
Reducing the Risk of Aluminum Dust Exposure
Aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth and widely used in both durable and consumer goods. The metal’s use in cars and airplanes is increasing, and its use in beverage containers and other food applications remains steady. In short, aluminum isn’t going anywhere, and manufacturers must continue to work with it in a safe way.
The average adult eats 7-9 mg of aluminum every day in his or her food, but the element is harmful when inhaled or when pure aluminum comes into contact with skin. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued regulations to protect workers who handle aluminum and breathe its dust.