When machining components are moving or spinning during the sanding and finishing processes, high volumes of dust generate and become discharged into the airstream. Once airborne, sanding and finishing dust begins to circulate through the air and settles on floors and surfaces presenting health risks and production issues.
Sanding and finishing dust is very fine and can be submicron in size, making it invisible to the human eye and highly dangerous to anyone who becomes overexposed. This type of fine dust lingers in the air even after machines and tools have stopped running. Inhaling contaminants from sanding and finishing can result in many different health effects, ranging from chest pain and headaches to nervous system damage and cancer.
The make-up of sanding and finishing dust varies based on the type of materials being used and can include chromium, lead, and the abrasives from sanding disks. Because the air contaminants found in sanding and finishing dust are so dangerous, it's critical to protect employees from overexposure. The best way to mitigate sanding and finishing dust exposure is with proper air filtration and dust collection.
Air filtration and dust collection play a large factor in the safety and comfort of technicians, machine operators, students, and other employees and individuals nearby. They also help employers meet federal, state, and local clean air standards.
Air filtration systems are available in various styles and configurations but operate similarly. By pulling contaminated air through specialized filter technology, air filtration systems capture dust, fumes, smoke, bacteria etc., to keep the air clean and free of debris.
Dust collectors capture sanding and finishing dust at the source to remove contaminants before they enter the airstream. Dust collection systems allow air to be drawn from each machine to move dust, chips, and other contaminants.
Are the levels of sanding and finishing dust in your work environment harmful? If you're unsure, get in touch with our specialists for additional assistance.