Supplementing your dust control equipment with whole-plant ventilation
While various types of equipment are used in bulk material processing plants to control respirable dust, the equipment often doesn't adequately protect workers. One cost-effective way to supplement your existing dust control equipment is to install a whole-plant ventilation system. This article outlines research by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH] on using whole-plant ventilation in two mineral processing operations to reduce respirable dust levels. Information also covers how to design a ventilation system for any bulk material processing plant.
The most common dust control equipment in bulk material processing plants is a baghouse dust collector. The collector usually controls dust at processes such as milling, screening, drying, and bagging. Although dust collectors and other equipment can control these major dust sources in your plant, have you thought about controlling dust from minor sources?