Clear sky
3 °C
Germantown, Maryland
Clear sky

Tue Dec 11 2018
none

SILICA DUST HAZARD DEMANDS POWERFUL DUST MANAGEMENT

13-08-2018
by 
in 

With Cancer Council Australia estimating that more than 230 lung cancer cases in Australia each year are caused by exposure to silica dust in the workplace, it is becoming essential for all workers to follow best practice workplace dust management to reduce the risk of occupational lung disease.

It is estimated that around 600,000 Australian workers each year are exposed to silica dust at work, including miners, construction workers, farmers, engineers, bricklayers and road construction workers, as well as those working in demolition.

Silica is found in stone, rock, sand, gravel and clay, as well as bricks, tiles, concrete and some plastic materials. When these materials are worked on or cut, silica is released as a fine dust that’s 100 times smaller than a grain of sand. When inhaled, this dust is the leading cause of silicosis – the most common occupational lung disease worldwide.

Best workplace practice involves minimising dust generation to maintain exposure levels below 0.1mg/m3 of air, wearing respiratory protection and vacuuming with a certified HC machine.

Suitable machinery includes the Nilfisk VHS 40 and 42 series of vacuums, which can act as dust extractors for use with power tools and as vacuum cleaners to remove dust from the working area.

For maximum protection, the dust extractors are available with a combination of a main PTFE filter, an H-class HEPA filter and a fleece filter bag. Several different dust bag options are available for disposal and handling of dust in all types of applications.

In all cases, the novel Nilfisk InfiniClean system is incorporated to ensure continuous protection. This system periodically cleans the main filter using a reverse pulse of air to ensure that the filter performance and suction levels are maintained with no need for manual intervention.

The ruggedly built VHS 40 and 42 series units are stable and easy to manoeuvre, offering ergonomic disposal and transport. All models have flexible storage solutions for hose, accessories and tools, including rubber straps and an optional adapter plate fitting all well-known toolboxes.

Nilfisk
1300 556 710
www.nilfisk.com.au

Related news & editorials

  1. 26.11.2018
    26.11.2018
    by      In
    Australia has had a long love affair with alcohol, but 21st century attitudes are very different to those of centuries gone. Pete Jeans investigates whether we still have a problem.
    According to Safe Work Australia: “Alcohol and drugs – including medicines prescribed by a doctor or available from a... Read More
  2. 22.11.2018
    22.11.2018
    by      In
    Objects falling from scaffolds or platforms are a serious cause of accidents, with Safe Work Australia recording 125 fatalities between 2010 and 2014. Preventive controls such as tool tethering are better than mitigating controls like toe boards, handrails, netting and hard hats.
    The Australian... Read More
  3. 22.11.2018
    22.11.2018
    by      In
    Following the reclassification of welding fume by the International Agency for the Research of Cancer, exclusive distributor AWS has repositioned the 3M Speedglas 9100XXi Air Powered Air Purifying Respirator with a sharper price point to help make powered air respiratory protection more affordable... Read More
  4. 21.11.2018
    21.11.2018
    by      In
    The 3M Adflo Powered Air Respirator has become one of the most popular welding respirators in the world as welders look for effective protection against carcinogenic welding fume.
    The Powered Air systems are available in three different 3M Speedglas welding helmets: the Speedglas 9100 Air with... Read More