When using grinding equipment systems, one of the concerns that you might face is that the systems can cause stone dust to become very prevalent in the air that you breathe. The dust can make it more difficult to breathe and can also make it more likely that your lungs will suffer from infections.
The negative health effects of breathing in stone dust usually arrives after breathing in the dust for a long time. However, there are some cases where individuals may breathe in stone dust and experience the health effects earlier after extreme exposure. Acute silicosis can lead to death a few months after being exposed. Long-term exposure to dust can increase the risk of lung cancer. It is also possible for those who have been exposed to dust to suffer from obstructive pulmonary disease. This condition includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Use A Different Stone
Research the types of stones that your business will be using. It is possible that there is a stone your business could use that would not have the harmful health effects that other types of stones have. Even if a stone is more expensive, if it does not come with health concerns, you will not need to use more expensive and impractical systems in order to keep your employees safe and you will also save money on worker's compensation insurance.
Use Water Suppression
Find out if it is possible that you could use water suppression. Water makes it more difficult for dust to be dispersed into the air, which can make the air safer to breathe. In most cases, the facility will mist the entire work area to prevent dust from being dispersed. However, if there is equipment that is vulnerable to moisture, it may be necessary to look at other solutions.
Implement Dust Extraction
Dust extraction systems are another possible option. As the dust is being ground, a vacuum can be used to remove the debris. It is also important to vacuum up dust after grinding stone. Make sure that equipment is also washed of dust as well as any surfaces.
Provide Adequate Respiratory Protection
Most importantly, your workers must use the right kind of respiratory system. Make sure that the respiratory system protection is cleaned before one of your employees puts it on. Otherwise, the dust that is left behind on the respiratory system might still be inhaled and be harmful.