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Dust Management in Bulk-Material-Handling Operations

By Mike Lewis, Dust Control Technology; and Mark Strebel, Martin Engineering |

Dust management can be divided into three main categories: prevention, containment and suppression. Understanding the key considerations for each can help bulk solids handlers arrive at an optimal dust control solution Dust management is an ongoing issue faced by virtually every company transporting or processing bulk solid materials, and effective dust control has become an increasingly important challenge in bulk handling applications. Bulk-solids-handling operations are under increased pressure to employ efficient, cost-effective methods of particle control because of a raised awareness of potential dust hazards and tighter regulatory standards. Depending on the source and ambient conditions, airborne dust can present a number of issues, including potential personnel health and safety hazards, environmental concerns, regulatory challenges and explosion risks, and can contribute to higher equipment maintenance costs and poor community relations. Some of the issues are fairly obvious; for example, dust inhaled by workers or people living in the surrounding community can irritate airways and exacerbate medical conditions, such as asthma. Other issues may not be as obvious. From a purely financial perspective, significant amounts…
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