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Dust Monitoring

Dust usually comprises of solid particles formed by crushing or other mechanical forces on a parent material conventionally taken as those particles below 75 microns in diameter, which settle under their own weight but may remain suspended in air for some time. Dust can be found normally in the environment but becomes a concern when raised levels are found in the workplace or surrounding environment.

Dust is made up of two categories; Inhalable dust which when inhaled deposited in the respiratory tract can cause bronchitis, hay fever, asthma etc and Respirable which is the fraction which being less than 10 micro in diameter can penetrate deep into the lungs where it can cause more severe disease such as silicosis, asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and ‘black lung’.

Why undertake dust level monitoring?

Environmental dust level monitoring is often a requirement of the EPA or development application requirements. Construction often disturbs dust particles releasing them into the air and dispersing them across neighbouring properties. Minimising dust spread is very important and often monitoring is required to make sure that the worksite is compliant with development application and EPA guidelines.

Some work sites may require routine dust monitoring during the operational periods, for example constructions sites, rock quarries & mining operations where dust is monitored at property boundaries to ensure surrounding properties are not overexposed to dust.Personal dust level monitoring is undertaken in a workplace to determine dust exposure levels while workers are undertaking certain activities such as cutting, mining, crushing, grinding or sanding of material, which all release excessive dust.

When to Consider Dust Monitoring for Improved Air Quality and Health

Requests by the EPA, a requirement of a development consent application or if you are concerned about excessive dust on your property caused by another organisation EnviroScience Solutions can develop an appropriate scope of works and monitoring program to ensure compliance of the relevant standard so that neighbouring property owners are safe knowing that their health is not being compromised by your works.

If employees have respiratory irritations and are working in a dusty environment, or if you suspect employees are being overexposed to dust, then it is due diligence to contact EnviroScience Solutions to undertake monitoring of your workplace and ensure legal obligations to the safety and wellbeing of staff are met. EnviroScience also offers Respirator Fit Testing programs to ensure personal are protected.

Why call EnviroScience Solutions for dust monitoring?

Based in Regional NSW with our head office & laboratory in Dubbo and offices in Wagga, Tamworth & Orange, EnviroScience Solutions team of Scientists and Occupational Hygienists are fully equipped for dust level monitoring in regional NSW providing a quick and efficient service. Flexible, quick to act and not far away – EnviroScience Solutions has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading locally owned occupational hygiene & environmental consultancies, having a commitment to service that is second to none. Our extensive experience in dust monitoring includes quarterly surveys at the Dubbo Zirconia project managed by Alkane Resources.

Our clients

EnviroScience Solutions has worked with many commercial, council and government departments or corporations within the mining and extraction including quarries, forestry, manufacturing, construction and agribusiness industry sectors.

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