Handling hazardous dust as a drilling specialist

No matter the industry or scale, dust management is a vital part of any drilling activity. By definition, drilling involves turning solid material into particles and then extracting them. If the extraction half of this equation is not handled properly, then workers’ health is likely to be endangered.  

The health risks of dust inhalation (silicosis, bronchitis, lung cancer and much more) are well-established and legislation is widely publicized in most countries*, so employers have a duty to make sure that all drilling and dust extraction is done safely and legally.

Wet or dry or both?

In general, there are two types of substance to consider in drilling projects: airborne particles and wet material.

Depending on the size of job and the material involved, dry drilling could be the preferred method. If this is done indoors or underground, there will undoubtedly be significant amounts of dust released into the atmosphere. Extracting dust from the environment will be a key consideration here, as well as making sure that all employees are properly trained and equipped. Dustcontrol specialize in extraction solutions that accurately meet our customers’ demands. You can see our range of mobile dust extractors here (dustcontrol.uk/product-category/industry/mobile-dust-extractors), but it’s always worth contacting us to make sure that we find the best solution.

In many situations though, dry drilling will not be optimal. For larger jobs involving, for example, stone or concrete, the dust is so hazardous that it is often safer to stop it from becoming airborne. In such cases, water can be used for dust suppression. Additionally, water is often needed for cooling and protecting the drill bit.

Wet drilling can be a messy business, so a powerful wet vac is almost always required. As industry experts, Dustcontrol produce extractors that are specifically optimized for wet drilling: the DC 50 W (https://dustcontrol.com/product/dc-50-w), for example, is designed to deal with large quantities of water and is easy to empty and disassemble. Again, don’t hesitate to get in touch: we want to find the extraction system – wet or dry – that best meets your needs. 

Signs of lung problems

Dustcontrol present new versions of DC Wet-Vacs without pump!

DC 50-W and 75-W, without pump, is a new and more affordable variant of our popular liquids extractor. This variant has no pump but includes the new ball valve for draining:

Part no 118610 DC 50-W ECO EU, without pump
Part no 118710 DC 75-W ECO EU, without pump

* Advice and information about legislation related to dust in the workplace can be found through OSHA in the US (www.osha.gov),EU-OSHA in the EU (osha.europa.eu) and in national government websites worldwide.

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