An industrial dust collector should be used in any environment where industrial or commercial processes produce hazardous or irritating dust, fumes or particulate. Many industrial processes (such as manual or robotic welding, metal cutting and grinding, surface preparation, food processing, pharmaceutical/nutraceutical production, abrasive blasting and surface mining) produce dust and fumes that are hazardous to workers. An industrial dust collector is generally required for:
- Dust and fumes that are hazardous to worker health
- Combustible dusts
- Processes that produce large amounts of dust and fumes (even if not otherwise hazardous or combustible)
OSHA and other agencies responsible for worker health and safety have created indoor air quality (IAQ) regulations that industrial and commercial companies must follow for the wellbeing of their employees. These include general IAQ standards, limits for exposure to general particulate (currently 15 mg/m3 on an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA)) and specific permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous substances such as hexavalent chromium, manganese, beryllium, fiber-reinforced plastic dust, food additives and pharmaceuticals.
In some cases, a combination of industrial ventilation and standard HVAC filtration may keep dust levels low enough to meet these standards. However, for most industrial applications, a separate dust collection system is needed to adequately protect workers and meet regulatory requirements. If you are not sure whether your IAQ currently meets the standard, talk to us about our facility testing services.