Dust can cause serious health risks for construction workers. Also, regular exposure to construction dust particles can even irritate the eyes, skin, ears, respiratory system, and more. As such, allergies are common among construction site employees. Therefore, you must adopt effective control measures to remove dust from air to avoid a double tragedy that can result in massive losses.
Usually, the cost of treating dust-related issues like breathing problems can really add up. But you can avoid the effects of dust by adopting the best dust prevention measures. This article will walk you through some of the most effective dust control methods for warehouses. Let’s dive in.
As simple as it may sound, this is the most basic dust control technique for warehouses. Though you can’t use it to arrest airborne dust, it’s very effective when dealing with settled dust particles on surfaces. Therefore, have a regular schedule for thorough cleaning in your warehouse. To make the cleaning sessions as effective as possible, use anti-static chemicals to make the surfaces less attractive to dust particles. This will reduce the cleaning frequency by ensuring the shelf tops, products, and other warehouse parts stay dust-free for a longer time.
Installing Ventilation Systems in Your Warehouse
Poor ventilation in your warehouse translates to ineffective air circulation that facilitates dust settling on shelves and products in storage. To prevent this from happening, install ventilation systems in your warehouse. These systems come with advanced designs that draw out air contaminants like dust to ensure a constant supply of fresh air into the warehouse. Specifically, they use extractor fans that separate air and contaminants resulting in a dust-free atmosphere in your facility.
Minimizing Movement in the Warehouse
Frequent movements — a forklift or a truck moving from point A to B —in a warehouse can cause large volumes of dust to build up, become airborne and then settle on surfaces. When this process is continuous, it can translate to unimaginable damages on products or severe health effects on your employees. To prevent matters from getting out of hand, minimize vehicle movement in the warehouse. You can achieve this by arranging the products in their outflow order — those that’ll be leaving the warehouse sooner should be near the exit. This way, you’ll reduce the distances trucks move inside the warehouse and minimize dust build-up processes.
Using Dust Control Curtains or Walls
PVC curtains and walls are the next dust control techniques you can use in your warehouse. They act as impermeable barriers that confine a dust-generating activity in one place and prevent dust from becoming airborne and prevent easy collection. Also, you can use them to dust-proof a specific area. For instance, you can use PVC curtains or walls to enclose dust-sensitive products and prevent contamination. The good thing about this technique is that the walls and curtains are flexible, you can move them around depending on the location of the dust source or the products you want to dustproof.
Eliminating dust in your warehouse depends on the dust control techniques you’ll employ. Therefore, choose effective methods to create a safe environment for your employees and products in the warehouse.