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What is dust and why is such a nuisance?

By definition dust is – a fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on surfaces or carried through the air.

Let’s examine some of the reasons for dust – pollen, machines, traffic, handling of goods, street dust, and the one that is most often thought of is construction dust. In our daily lives we deal with the dilemmas of dust everyday, whether it’s sneezing and a runny nose or constantly having to run a cloth over your furniture. Regardless of your life’s situation dust in an inevitability that constantly needs attention.

Now let’s think about the dust in your office or warehouse workplace!

We tend to associate construction dust with home renovations or perhaps a deep cleaning of your home or office but dust transcends and in is many workplace situations which we don’t think about. From textile plants to mills and mines dust in all fashions exist in the workplace.

As a cleaning company we have seen everything from ¼ inch layers on top of filing cabinet to HVAC filters barely functioning from the pile up.

Recently we have been noticing a rise in warehouses looking for cleanings of their rafters and ducts in an effort to reduce health factors that dust can cause. We have been doing some inquiring and have found out that there are many reasons for this upswing in commercial warehouse cleaning.

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First let address the concerns of the employer.

We have learned that there is a fire marshall code which prohibits the build up dust of more than 1/16 of an inch on any exposed rafter or duct work and the fine that comes with that is substantial but the greater fear is that this dust can become combustible and produce possible explosions or flash fires.

Obviously the overall well being of your facility and your people should be addressed thus the need for a professional level clean. Long term exposure to dust can be detrimental to one’s health and can cause such things as rashes, irritated eyes, asthma and chronic respiratory issues hence the need for regular cleaning and dusting of commercial warehouses.

Besides the concern of its effects on people there is also an effect on machinery which can hinder you business. As we know dust gets everywhere and can interfere with the performance and efficiency of your equipment which can lead to slower production rates.

An example – perhaps you haven’t had a commercial clean in a few years and your wondering why your forklift is requiring more gas and attention than usual. Dust on the floor can hinder breaking capability which then affects the traction which will increase the distance needed and reduce the vehicles performance as more propulsion is required. Dust gets everywhere and can cause a wider range of problems than we usually think about.

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How to combat the problem?

In an effort to deter the damage there are many options that are available which are implemented.

  • The government has stipulated many health regulations in hopes to have companies pay closer attention to these problems for their employees benefit.
  • There are also exhaust filtration systems which removes dust from the site as well as dilution ventilation systems which help disperse the dust so there are not build up on one spot.
  • These moves accompanied with protective clothing and proper breathing respirators are a good way to help fight the problems that can be cause by dust build up.
  • These preventive measures are beneficial however, nothing can replace a good commercial cleaning to get the dust away.

Give us a call now if you need help with making and keeping your warehouse or office place a dust free zone. Click to Call 410-800-2575