Many industrial sites generate dust including Construction (Silica Dust), Fabrication (Metal, Wood, Silica Dust), Foundries (Metal Dust), Food Processing (Sugar, Flour, Chemical Dust), and Petroleum (Chemical Dust).
Engineered for timely, high-quality, dust exposure information, the DustCount 8899 – Respirable Dust Monitor, monitors dust exposure before the amount approaches regulatory limits. The monitor helps ensure the industrial worker’s health is in good hands.
Sizes of Dust
|Above 50um||Inhalable (Sinus)||Immediate clearing is done with a sneeze or blow.|
|10-50um Micron||Thoracic (Lung) Windpipe, Larynx, alternatively, bronchial||Clearing can happen within a day or two by coughing or spitting.|
|1-10um||Respirable (Lung). Particles penetrate the lungs.||Lungs take years to remove this dust, and this amount of particles are a huge cancer risk.|
|Below 1um||Respirable (Lung). Particles penetrate the lungs and can get into the bloodstream.||Years to remove dust. Cells mutate to form cancer.|
What is the problem?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to the dust, including 2 million individuals who work in construction.
According to an article on health.com work-related lung problems are quite common, and 17% of adult asthma in the United States may be caused by work exposure. Many adult workers see their asthma symptoms increase in their workplace.
The top 3 worker diseases according to the World Health Organization are:
- Cancer 53%
- Circulatory: 28%
- Respiratory: 6%
Dust causes all the diseases.
Also, another very interesting article completed by the European Commission discusses Limits on Exposure to Carcinogens and Mutagens at Work.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Fact Sheet, 2.3 million workers in the United States are exposed to the dust, including 2 million individuals who work in construction.
OSHA issued its final rule, §1926.1153 Respirable crystalline silica, with standards for both construction and general industry and maritime. Both standards went into effect in June 2016; however, general industry and maritime have until June 23, 2018, to comply except in the following areas:
- Medical surveillance must be available by June 23, 2020, to employees who will be exposed to levels at or above the action level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged during an 8-hour shift for 30 or more days a year.
- Hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry must institute by June 23, 2021, dust controls to limit exposures to the new PEL.
Main Causes of Worker Cancer
- Asbestos – particles
- Shift work
- Mineral oils
- Solar radiation
- Silica dust – particles
- Diesel exhaust – particles
Advantages of DustCount 8899 – Respirable Dust Monitor
- Combination of small package, real-time, sample cassette – an easier job
- Compact/light package – greater worker acceptance, ease of use
- Real-time readings – can be used to track the location of problems,
- Data from real-time – gives credibility and proof for IH in a corporate discussion
- Graphical results – great for training, instantaneous graphical proof of danger
- Real-time warning of danger. Eliminate workers working without a mask and only putting on a monitor when the unit alarms and removing the monitor when alarm stops
- Higher accuracy – The same dust read in real-time is collected in the cassette.
- Comfort using this test instead of a standard method test
- Easy to use – GUI, wireless and auto pump
- Cost – purchase one unit for personal wearable real-time and standard
- Method and sample analysis and use as portable.
Features/Benefits of DustCount 8899 – Respirable Dust Monitor
- Small compact size – greater worker acceptance
- Real-time – instantaneous results, correlation with the location, worker relief, lower sampling cost, data for credibility
- Combination device – lower cost to do the job, higher accuracy
- Standard Method – meet regulatory requirements, familiar SOPs
- Graphical data – visual proof for training and discussion with corp
- Sample Analysis – familiar material determinations (XRD, IR)
- Wireless communication – ease of setup, ease of data capture
- Automated operation
- Particle Distribution – correlation with dust type
- Particle Count – the future key to worker safety, new regulations
- Pinpoint the location of problems, avoid costly ventilation expense
- Save money and time by having IH only do the testing once
- The standard method is done first then use a real-time test is done afterward
- The worker does a complete test
- Save money on time by not having to wait on labs
DynaGrace Enterprises is proud to be a distributor for the DustCount 8899 – Respirable Dust Monitor manufactured by Nanozen and is currently in final review to be available on GSA Schedule 66: Scientific Equipment and Services.
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