About Dustco International BV
Dustco International from Winschoten – Holland has specialized in reducing particulate matter in recent years.
In hospitals, care centers, warehouses, production halls, but also in building processes and renovation work, offices and even at home.
Dustco also has a solution for the agricultural sector! Dust problems in the indoor climate are easily and inexpensively solved.
What are the dangers of particulate matter?
Larger dust particles are filtered during inhalation and caught by mucus in the nose, mouth and throat, trachea and bronchi.
If you accidentally breathe a larger particle once then coughing will ensure that the particle disappears from your system.Fine dust, as mentioned earlier, consists of very small particles.
Fine dust has the annoying property that it is so small and can therefore penetrate to the alveoli, where the exchange of oxygen with blood takes place.
The official name of dust that can penetrate so far into the lungs is ‘respirable dust‘.
At the workplace, there is a lot of particulate matter that has to be considered as respirable dust.
Not all respirable dust particles are dangerous, but secretly there are many activities where fine dust is released that poses a risk to health.
Below are a few examples of substances that can form particulate matter and which hazards these substances entail:
- Quartz dust (originating from sand and stone during processing in construction), carcinogenic;
- Wood dust from some types of wood (birch, maple, beech, poplar, iroko and mahogany) is released by forestry, furniture industry and workplaces where wood is sawn, milled or sanded. The aforementioned examples can lead to skin rash or eczema. Dust from hardwood is placed in the carcinogenic category (nose cancer);
- Fabric / fibers of glass wool or stone wool, frequently used in construction and industry, this can lead to damage of the alveoli after which scar tissue is formed so that the lung function decreases (this is also called fibrosis);
- Asbestos. Although it is no longer allowed to use asbestos, we still encounter it, for example during renovation projects of old buildings or installations. Asbestos causes lung cancer, as is known;
- Welding smoke. In particular, the surface contaminants (fats / oils) ensure that welding fumes are harmful to health. Also, an increased concentration of metal vapors is released during welding, which can remain behind in the lungs as fine dust;
- Particulate matter that occurs when working with a high pressure cleaner (the droplets in the air can in principle have oil / grease / bacteria etc. that are so small that it becomes particulate matter);
- Soot particles when working on combustion engines, for example maintenance on trucks and cars, these particles can lead to lung cancer;
- Fine dust from toner from laser printers and copy equipment. This can lead to eye, nose and throat irritations or worse conditions.
It is clear that there is a possible exposure to particulate matter in many places in the work environment.
Certainly because the effects of particulate matter do not immediately manifest themselves, but only after years of exposure, there is a danger that employees are not aware of the risks they run.
The best way to avoid being exposed to fine dust is to prevent it from entering the air.
Dustco products can achieve dust reductions of up to 99%, so that employees work in a healthier environment, fines are avoided and lung complaints are reduced.