Manufacturing plants tend to produce a bit of dust during processing and it’s normal. The problem occurs when this kind of thinking prevents employees and even factory owners to regularly clean the property. A small amount of dust can’t hurt, but once dust accumulation happens, it becomes a different story.
Here are four good reasons why you need to prevent dust inside your factory.
1. Results in issues with quality
If there’s dust on the floor, there’s a good chance that there’s dust in the high areas of your factory, too. When the accumulated dust gets disturbed, it can fall down on your produce which can result in quality control issues. Dust can also make your finished goods look neglected and poorly taken care of. It can make them look old which can greatly devalue them.
Dust can also get into your machines and equipment which can end up damaging them. This can lead to additional downtime as you get them repaired or replaced.
2. Decreases the efficiency of your HVAC system
Not all dust particles settle. Some of them can get suspended in the air and trapped in your HVAC system. As dust accumulate there, your system becomes less efficient in delivering proper ventilation and recycling air inside the factory.
One good way to make sure that your system stays efficient is to routinely clean the filters and get them replaced as necessary. Don’t wait until too much dust has accumulated before you take proper actions.
3. Increases health risks to your employees
Dust particles are so small that they can get into the lungs during inhalation. As they can’t get eliminated or dissolved once they’re inhaled, health issues arise. Aside from allergies and respiratory problems, dust can also cause severe lung diseases, such as cancer.
Dust can also get into your employees’ eyes, especially if they aren’t wearing any protective gears. It can also cause slipping accidents as they accumulate on walking surfaces.
4. Decreases Risk of Combustible Dust Explosion
Combustible Dust Explosion isn’t a new thing. In fact, there are already tons of reported cases of dust combusting after coming in contact with an ignition source.
Because of the increasing number of cases, the OHSA is coming up with more ways to prevent the issue, such as setting fines for factories that don’t follow good housekeeping rules. Preventing dust in your factory isn’t only a way to prevent disasters but it can also help you avoid expensive fines.