Monday, 12 May 2014

We’re always told it’s vital that industries control dust emissions due to the health and environmental effects they cause. But what exactly are the consequences of uncontrolled airborne dust?

Effects on health 

Dust from industrial processes has been linked to the following health issues:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation, leading to coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Decreased lung function 
  • Asthma, and aggravation of the condition
  • Development of chronic bronchitis 
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Non-fatal heart attacks
  • Premature death in people with heart or lung disease 
  • Inhalation of carcinogenic compounds (substances known to cause cancer).

Those most vulnerable to adverse health effects from dust are the elderly, the very young and those suffering from existing heart and lung conditions. However, even people with no underlying health issues can suffer temporary symptoms from exposure.

Effects on the environment

Dust deposited on cars, windows and property can look unsightly and also causes annoyance to residents and business owners. But there are much more serious consequences of airborne dust particles:

  • Pollution of plants including blockage and damage to stomata plus shading and abrasion of leaf surfaces and cuticles
  • Acidification of water bodies such as lakes and rivers, placing insects and fish at risk
  • Nutrient concentrations in coastal waters and large river basins can become imbalanced and affect inhabitants
  • Dust deposited on the ground can alter soil chemistry, leading to changes in plant chemistry
  • Depletion of nutrients in soil can affect the diversity of ecosystems.

It’s clear that the effects of dust emissions are potentially very serious, which is why those in charge of sites such as landfills, quarries and foundries are under pressure to control airborne particles. 

On sites where dust emissions are an issue, the Gibbons mobile atomiser offers an effective portable solution which is fully self-sufficient as it has its own water and power supply. The low-maintenance device disperses a fine mist over a wide area to instantly suppress dust, offering protection to the local area and its inhabitants.

If you’d like to learn more about this efficient and convenient dust suppression device, call Matthew Gibbons on 01621 868138 or email


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