Aggregates Materials Industry

Dust that is produced in the construction industry can have serious effects on the health of your employees. Filtermist Systems can provide dust control solutions for all aspects of the aggregates materials industry, as well as a comprehensive aftermarket service to ensure control measures are operating as intended

Effective dust control is vital in any manufacturing industry. The equipment we supply includes venting and extraction solutions for typical applications such as bag tipping, bulk silo venting, conveying and mixing, as well as packing, crushing, and drilling and screening.

Designed for you

We source and supply equipment with various standards of construction. We typically specify mild steel, however, our engineers also consider the method of construction based on the product’s wear characteristics and product flow – for heavy dust loads for example.

Whether the application is process related – where the product being handled is a process ingredient (process venting) – or the application is handling fugitive emissions from the process (dust extraction or Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)) – we have a solution that will fit your need.

All the filters we supply come with ATEX rated options meaning potentially explosive and volatile products can be handled safely; and, although not a typical requirement within the industry, can be built to comply with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) too.

We also offer a wide range of filter cartridges and bag media which are able to handle products from the coarsest to the finest - from the freest flowing product to the most cohesive. Our in-house design team is able to provide dust control systems to fit almost any space constraints so we can ensure we provide the right fit for your work-space – inside or outdoors.

Protect operators

According to the HSE it’s estimated that deaths from lung cancer associated with exposure to silica dust number around 600 per year with 450 of these occurring from exposures in the construction sector.

Employees are the most valuable asset to any business. As well as a moral obligation to protect your work force you have a legal obligation too.

Dust that is produced in the construction industry can have serious effects on the health of your employees. Exposure to dust can cause serious skin conditions and even damage to the lungs and airways. The main dust related diseases affecting construction workers are:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Silicosis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Asthma

Silica dust

Silica is a natural mineral that exists in various forms, including sand, quartz and flint but, more commonly in construction industries, it’s also found in materials such as concrete and mortar.

During many tasks such as cutting, drilling and grinding, the silica is broken into dust which can be fine enough to be inhaled and reach deep inside the lung - this is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to health. Significant exposure can cause silicosis and lung cancer.

Non-silica dust

There are some construction products where silica is not found or is only present in very low amounts. The most common include gypsum, cement, limestone, marble and dolomite, though this dust can also mix with silica dust when cutting things like bricks.

The HSE sets a long term Workplace Exposure Limit for every industry and a full list can be found on the HSE website. Breaching of these standards can result in severe penalties, loss of productivity due to employee sickness and even legal action. For small or large businesses, looking after employee health by reducing dust exposure is vitally important.

Reduce Housekeeping & Minimise Breakdowns

If dust emissions can be controlled at source this will prevent egress of dust into the wider production environment. Less or no dust in the production environment means housekeeping tasks can be minimised. It also means that machinery productivity won’t be impaired by dust ingress. This will save you maintenance requirements on broken-down machinery, save on cleaning time, prevent contamination, make your personnel more productive and most importantly save money.

Protect the Environment

You have a legal obligation to comply with emissions according to EPA. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) for waste management and control of emissions into the environment requires your business to keep emissions at a certain level.By filtering your air and removing contaminants Filtermist Systems can ensure you are compliant with legislation.