Protecting workers from exposure to glass-making dust is more urgent than ever. Changes in the standard for respirable crystalline silica in 2016 have pushed industry to take a new look at their air quality controls. The new regulation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) limits worker exposure to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μ/m3). This tight standard means that most manufacturers will need to take active measures to address silica dust.
Choosing the best dust collector for this application will likely require input from an air quality engineer. Variables such as particulate size and dust volume dictate the final design of a collection system, including how much power and filter media are needed. For example, larger particulate sizes will require more horsepower than fine particulates, and large volumes of dust will require a lot of filter media in order to handle the load.
Here are two powerful solutions for operations of very different sizes:
- RoboVent Senturion series dust collectors can provide filtration to address dust from multiple sources. Automated controls and efficient blower motors help make the Senturion highly efficient, saving money and maintenance time.
- RoboVent PowerBoom portable dust collectors are perfect for individual workstations that produce dust. This powerful collector comes with a boom arm with a reach of 17 feet. The PowerBoom can be wheeled wherever necessary, ensuring that you have adequate dust collection while remaining flexible.
While the dangers of exposure to silica dust often require a source capture solution for the dust, an ambient capture dust collector is a smart secondary system. An ambient system will ensure that leftover dust does not drift and expose workers throughout a facility. Air quality engineers are highly trained in balancing the needs of source and ambient capture.