Dust and fumes should never be considered acceptable on a worksite. Even when they are not considered toxic or dangerous to human health, they can still be very irritating to the eyes and lungs. If the particles are large, they can cause miniscule scratches which combine to create a larger health problem. They can also trigger very serious asthma attacks in those with the condition. Dust can furthermore interfere with the operation of any machinery on the worksite, while fumes can create an unpleasant and pervasive odour that will be very difficult to get rid of.
Procedures from removing dust and fumes
There are various methods that can be used to extract dust and fumes from any environment. A curtain wall can be used to separate one area off from another. This contains the dust and fumes, making them easier to later remove from the environment. This also minimises health and contamination risk.
There are also various different types of exhaust system that can be used to ‘suck’ dust and fumes from an environment including a local exhaust, which is a high velocity airflow stream which captures particles at the point they are generated and carries them away, an area exhaust, which sucks particles from a whole room and carries them away, and an exhaust with filtration, which captures particles in a filter which must later be emptied.
What to do if you have been injured by dust or fumes
There are many very serious health conditions which can be triggered by exposure to dust or fumes; asbestosis, for example. If you have received an injury at work or you feel your health condition has been triggered by conditions at work you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence not just for their suffering but also for any financial losses incurred as a result of the illness or injury.
Help is at hand
For more information, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which has been helping people receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for many years, with the endorsement of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, usually with no need for claimants to personally attend court in most cases. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Date Published: March 1, 2014
Author: David Brown