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Dust in the air

Dust and particulate matter explained by the experts – read on.

Dust formation and definition

In simple terms, dust is a form of air pollution consisting of airborne particles that are often referred to as particulate matter (PM).

Dust in industrial workplaces can occur naturally – as pollen, for example – or from human activity, including manufacturing, construction, farming and quarrying. Particulate matter comes in different sizes, some of which is invisible to the naked eye.

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Causes of dust formation

  • Manufacturing processes, such as cutting, grinding and drilling

  • Wind and rain erosion, which create atmospheric dust

  • Industrial burning processes and traffic

  • Natural sources such as pollen, fungi and bacteria

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Know your particles

Dust particles entering the human body

Dust and your health

A good rule of thumb is the smaller the dust particle, the more potentially damaging it can be to your health. Regular exposure to fine and ultrafine particles (PM2.5 or smaller) can cause significant health problems. PM1 particles are so small they can move from your lungs into your bloodstream and damage many other organs. 

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The effects of dust formation

Dust at work can be a risk to workers’ health, as well as affect your relationship with customers, corporate image and the efficiency of your business.

More about the effects of dust at work

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