Agricultural Industry and Dust Collection
Introduction to Agricultural and Grain Dust Collection
The agricultural industry has changed a lot in recent decades. Automation, specialization, fluctuating global prices and many other factors have created both challenges and opportunities for farmers. But one challenge that remains steady is agricultural and grain dust and how to deal with it.
Agricultural workers are routinely exposed to organic and inorganic dusts. When this dust occurs in contained areas, it can create multiple hazards to workers and property. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, over the last 35 years, 500 explosions have occurred in grain handling facilities in the United States. These have killed 180 people and injured more than 675. Grain dust is the fuel for these explosions. Besides the dangers of fire and explosion, inhaled dust is a threat to workers, as well.