Dust usually comprises of solid particles formed by crushing or other mechanical forces on a parent material conventially taken as those particles below 75 micrometres in diameter, which settle under their own weight but may remain suspended in air for some time. Dust can be found normally in the environment but becomes a concern when raised levels are found in the workplace or surround where neighbours can be found.
Dust is made up of two categories; Inhalable dust which when inhaled deposited in the repiratory tract can cause bronchitis, hay fever, asthma etc and Respirable which is the fraction which being up to 10 micrometres in diameter can penetrate deep into the lung where it can cause more severe disease such as silicosis, Asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and ‘black lung’.
Why undertake dust monitoring?
Environmental dust monitoring is often a requirement of the EPA or development application requirements. Construction often disturbs dust particles releasing them into the air and dispersing them across neighbouring properties. Minimising dust spread is very important and often monitoring is required to make sure that the worksite is compliant with development application and EPA guidelines.
Some work sites may require routine dust monitoring during the operational periods, for example constructions sites, rock quarries & mining operations where dust is monitored at property boundaries to ensure surrounding properties are not overexposed to dust.
Personal dust monitoring is undertaken in a workplace to determine dust exposure levels while workers are undertaking certain activities such as cutting, mining, crushing, grinding or sanding of material, which all release excessive dust.
When to call Enviroscience for dust monitoring
Requests by the EPA, a requirement of a development consent application or if you are concerned about excessive dust on your property caused by another organisation Regional EnviroScience can develop an appropriate scope of works to ensure compliance of the relevant standard so that neighbouring property owners are safe knowning that their health is not being compromised by your works.
If employees have respiratory irritations and are working in a dusty environment, or if you suspect employees are being overexposed to dust, then it is due diligence to contact Regional EnviroScience to undertake monitoring of your workplace and ensure legal obligations to the safety and wellbeing of staff are met.
Why call Enviroscience for dust monitoring?
Based in Regional NSW with our head office & laboratory in Dubbo and offices in Wagga & Maitland, Regional EnviroScience occupational hygienists are fully equipped for dust monitoring in regional NSW providing a quick and efficient service. Flexible, quick to act and not far away – EnviroScience has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading locally owned occupational hygiene & environmental consultancies, having a commitment to service that is second to none. Our extensive experience in dust monitoring includes quarterly surveys at the Dubbo Zirconia project managed by Alkane Resources.