Carbon Black Dust Collection
Reducing the Risk of Carbon Black Dust Exposure
Carbon black is a fine powder used in the manufacture of many common products. Ninety percent of carbon black is used in rubber applications—tires, in particular—according to the International Carbon Black Association, while nine percent is used for pigments in paints and inks. It also goes by the names channel black, furnace black and thermal black.
Around eighteen billion pounds of carbon black are produced every year. Producers begin with heavy petroleum products and refine them down to an odorless black powder of varying particle sizes. A defining characteristic of all carbon black is its high surface area. The widespread industrial use of the substance has been traced to a variety of health problems. While its possible link to cancer is still being determined, carbon black remains a priority for dust collection in manufacturing environments.