Relying on what your eyes can see may not be enough to ensure safety amongst workers and the general public. And nothing could undermine your reputation as a business leader or hazardous material expert faster than hordes of super-tiny metals plying the air around.
A Useful Metal
Whether you like it or not, every human gets exposed to aluminum one way or the other. As the second most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, aluminum has found its way into every part of society. Chances are, your mobile phone has aluminum components.
Not only is aluminum useful in our daily lives (i.e., roofing, foil, pots and pans), the metal’s industrial and commercial uses are widespread. It’s lightweight and malleable properties make it indispensable in the aviation and car industries.
Added to this, the metal’s anti-rust property all too often has made it the go-to material for many homeowners needing a security fence.
However, as useful as aluminum is, aluminum particles could pose a health threat to humans when inhaled or ingested in large amounts – a curse in industrial and commercial settings, explains DualDraw.
An Unseen Threat
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says “workers who breathe large amounts of aluminum dusts can have lung problems or changes that show up in the chest X-rays.”
For a HAZMAT expert, a reliable aluminum dust collector should be timely. Coming in wet and dry versions, these systems collect extremely small metallic particles in the air via an arm or overhead, including aluminum.
Further, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns uncollected, metallic dust – aluminum with steel dust – may reach specific levels in parts per million dangerous enough to explode and destroy a building.
A dust collector ensures that any welding sparks for instance dissipates before causing any such fire build-up.