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Dust - The Silent Killer

January 12th, 2023 | in Other services
Dust - The Silent Killer

Killer dust can be found lurking everywhere; on top of ductwork, ledges, beams, lighting, machinery and on and on. If you work in an industrial setting, you may often have to deal with a great deal of dust. You might think that dust is harmless, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Under the right conditions, dust can become toxic and combustible. Combustible means that accumulated dust can cause a serious explosion. 

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure all practical steps are taken to reduce or even eliminate the hazards of various types of dust.

There are a number of critical steps and procedures involved in a safe and comprehensive dust-down or dust removal program.  Enviro-Vac offers a comprehensive range of reliable, proven, industrial and in-plant dust removal service solutions that minimize risk and deliver total peace of mind while staying on time and on budget. Risk-assessments are a regulatory requirement and a proper risk-assessment of work areas allows maximum hazardous dust and combustible dust removal – SAFELY

Construction and industrial workers have some of the highest risks for dust-related diseases. Next to asbestos fibres often found in dust, silica and heavy metals dust such as lead is the biggest risk to construction workers.

Asbestos as an example is present in over 3,000 building products. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if you’re being exposed to asbestos because it is often mixed with other materials and is likely to be present in any building constructed or renovated prior to 1990. If a building containing asbestos is repaired or renovated and the asbestos fibres are disturbed, by drilling, cutting or painting as an example, they can easily be inhaled as a deadly dust.

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Silica dust can also be generated during many common construction tasks. Tasks include cutting, drilling, grinding and polishing. Some of this dust is fine enough to get deep into your lungs. Over many years, they are at risk of developing the incurable silicosis, a chronic lung disease causing symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, and weakness.

Workers' Homes and Families Have High Risk of Exposure to Toxic Metals Dust

Toxic contaminants found in mining and foundry dust as an example can be unintentionally brought from the workplace into the home, exposing children and other family members. Contaminants can include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, nickel and many other toxic elements. 

Enviro-Vac Provide Facility Decontamination and Industrial Vacuum Cleaning Solutions

Industrial facilities can present a unique dust removal challenge due to access issues, confined spaces and working at heights to mention just a few. Enviro-Vac have over four decades of experience providing industrial cleaning and plant dust-downs utilizing industrial HEPA vacuum loaders. This experience enables us to provide a single source solution for nuisance dust, combustible dust and decontamination of arsenic & other heavy metal dusts including beryllium dust, PCB's, mercury, lead and asbestos dust - we are problem solvers.

Dust - The Silent Killer

Expertise of Trained Personnel

The capabilities of our personnel, our certificates of approval, and our long-term focus on innovation has driven our reputation for delivering cost efficient and flexible environmental contracting services, abatement of hazardous materials and from the early beginning, our expertise in industrial vacuum services.


Enviro-Vac is one of the largest privately owned hazardous materials abatement and decontamination contractors in Canada. They offer a full suite of services in hazardous materials abatement, decontamination and industrial vacuum services including negative pressure shrink- wrap containments and are available to work both small and large-scale projects across Canada. The head office is based in Surrey, BC.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about hazardous materials abatement, decontamination, industrial vacuum services and industrial dust down or negative pressure shrink-wrap containments, please call us on our toll-free number, 1 (888) 296-2499.


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