Glass-making Dust Collection
Reducing the Risk of Glass-making Dust Exposure
The manufacture of glass involves numerous hazards, but let's focus on the dusts created by ingredients used in the process. A handful of chemicals and a large amount of crystalline silica constitute most of the ingredients. Dusts from these substances are often very fine and can easily become airborne. Without ventilation or air filtration measures, these dusts can travel far throughout a facility. Even if these dusts are not highly visible, they can affect many workers.
Glass manufacturers need to pay more attention than ever to their air quality because of a new regulation in 2016. Regulators have determined that the previous standard for silica dust was not adequately protecting workers and have made the standard much more stringent. While meeting the new regulation could be a challenge for some employers, it is nonetheless important for protecting workers and remaining compliant.