As employers, we have a responsibility to make sure that our people are protected at work.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles, leading to the inhalation of hazardous particulate matter. As decision makers and employers, we can work to significantly reduce this number. How? By employing modern safety technology.
Silicosis has become a growing health and safety concern for the industrial sector; however, knowing how to prevent silica dust exposure is a more complicated issue. To make understanding silicosis easier, we’ve done some research into silica dust and created this guide on how you can reduce exposure in your workplace.
As new, ground-breaking dust monitoring technology enters the market and changes the way employers monitor harmful air particulates, we’ve looked at some of the other emerging trends in safety technology and picked out the ones we’re most excited about.
Research released from the World Health Organisation* shows that air quality is still an issue in work environments across the globe. While pioneering dust monitoring systems are being introduced in more workplaces than ever, it’s important that employees themselves champion clean air and revolutionary technology.
We will be returning to this year’s Contamination Expo, on 11 and 12 September, at the NEC in Birmingham to showcase our latest innovation, the AIR XD and deliver a keynote talk on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS).
Book your free tickets
Tickets to the Contamination Expo Series 2019, Europe’s leading exhibition for contamination and environmental professionals are FREE and available via its website. To book a meeting or coffee with our expert team, and to discover the benefits of Trolex’s innovative technology, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Contam 19”, or visit us at stand H10.
Without real-time AND continuous monitoring, applying accurate safety controls in hazardous environments is impossible.
Accurately monitoring and controlling the displacement of fine dust in harsh and hazardous workplaces is not just a pre-requisite of any competent safety procedure, it is a genuine health hazard with potentially fatal consequences.
The generation of hazardous dust has always been an inherent part of some industrial processes, be they textile weaving, mining, food production, household pharmaceuticals, large project construction or heavy manufacturing.
But with 12,000 people dying every year in the UK alone from past exposure to harmful particulates in the workplace, the time has come for particulate monitors to evolve and protect the workers in these industries who run the risk of illness in the future.
An estimated 13,000 deaths each year are linked to past exposure to chemicals or dust when working within an industrial environment, according to a ‘Health and safety at work’ report - that's 35 people a day.
The stats on deaths from occupational lung disease alone show that 12,000 lung disease deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposure at work, with 20% of those thought to be linked to exposure to asbestos.
The need to tackle air pollution in major UK cities is a political news headline that resurfaces every few years.
In January 2019, London Mayor Sadiq Khan revealed that London’s “filthy, toxic air” is causing thousands of premature deaths each year and labelled it a “public health emergency”.
Every year thousands of workers suffer ill-health as a result of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, with conditions ranging from skin diseases like dermatitis to far more serious and potentially fatal illnesses like respiratory lung disease or cancer.
Many of the more serious ailments related to work-based exposure are only just becoming clear with some diseases taking years - perhaps decades - to manifest and are only now demonstrating the importance of improving work-based health conditions and reducing the exposure to hazardous substances.