Metal dust particles in the air of a facility where metalworking takes place are extremely hazardous. Eye injuries due to metal dust are a very common occurrence. When dust particles from metals like nickel, cobalt, copper, aluminum, chromium and others, are small enough to enter into the lungs, it can cause a variety of respiratory complications.
Silica dust is found in abrasives that are used in metal finishing, so the dust is common in metal fabrication facilities. This dust is small enough to enter airways in the lungs to become embedded within the tissue. Scarring, lung cancer, and silicosis are potential consequences of silica dust exposure in a workplace.
Dust from facilities that work with food or other organic materials can cause health and safety issues, as well. Skin irritation, respiratory disease, and even lung cancer are possible consequences of overexposure to these kinds of dust.
Equipment damage is a potential result of dust circulating with a company’s facilities. When dust enters electronic components and other machinery, it has the potential to cause problems that may require expensive fixes or replacement.
Explosive dust is a hazard to be aware of in any facility where combustible dust is prevalent. Explosive dusts are prevalent in many industries. While certain metal dusts are flammable, so are dusts from flour and sugar.