Many types of stone dust and brick dust contain Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), particles of which are extremely hazardous.
Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut or sanded down. Some of this dust may be fine enough to reach deep inside the lung, this is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to health. Significant exposure to RCS can cause silicosis and lung cancer.
AES offers a wide range of products from a variety of manufacturers including Nederman, which are specifically designed to control harmful fine stone and brick dusts containing Respirable Crystalline Silica. This range includes booths, fixed ducted systems with traditional extraction arms, high vacuum solutions for on-tool extraction, portable extractors, and air purifiers. Many of these systems can also be used for floor and bench cleaning in accordance with Health and Safety Executive Guidelines which prohibit dry brushing of brick and stone dust.
Stone Dust Extraction Booths
A product exclusive to AES within the UK, our stone dust extraction booth provides a complete safety solution for operators working with stone, concrete, marble, slate and many other materials for processes such as cutting, grinding and sanding.
Get in touch with us today or click the link below to find out how our booths can revolutionise the way you extract stone dust form your workspace.
Centralised Fixed Ducted Systems
Working with institutions and businesses in both education and industry, AES have provided solutions for stone masonry workshops throughout the UK. AES can supply extraction units from a variety of suppliers to suit your application and number of operators. These can include fixed ducted systems with traditional extraction arms providing source extraction from a workbench, or high-vacuum extraction utilising plug-in points for on-tool extraction and general workshop cleaning.
Use the link below to explore the options AES can provide to help you effectively extract stone dust from your workshop.
Portable Extraction Units
Where a fixed installation is not suitable or possible, or if there are minimal operators working on stone materials, portable systems can be the ideal choice. AES can supply a range of extractors from Dustcontrol, Nederman, ESTA, GEF & many more designed specifically to control stone/silica dust.
These units can be supplied with extraction arms which can be positioned for low-energy tasks such as sanding or using a chisel. Units are also available for on-tool high vacuum extraction for higher energy processes such as grinding and cutting.
Ambient air purifiers can be used as a supplementary addition to LEV to provide filtration for the ambient air within a workspace.
These units have been promoted by BOHS & the Breathe Freely Campaign for construction on how they can reduce residual dust in the airspace of a new installation or domestic environment, providing a cleaner working atmosphere and reducing the requirement for additional clean-up at the end of a job.