While dozens of dust control methods mitigate fugitive dust, some are more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than others. For instance, using water to suppress fugitive dust is safer for the environment than using chemical agents like magnesium chloride. Most chemical suppressants pollute water and soil, making them unfit for the environment.
That said, you need sustainable dust control solutions like those from BossTek. Sustainable dust suppression eliminates fugitive dust without hurting the environment and reduces the cost of dust control in your business. That begs the question; what does sustainable fugitive dust control involve?
Using Misting Cannons
Misting cannons are sustainable dust control techniques because they use water, which doesn’t pollute the air or soil. They also use atomized mists to suppress dust, enabling the cannons to consume water sparingly. Unlike sprinklers and hose pipes that consume a lot of water, misting cannons break down water particles into mist in the range of 50-200 microns to capture dust. This range is recommended to arrest fugitive dust effectively and consume the least amount of water. Additionally, the cannons run automatically; hence they require minimum supervision when in action. With water usage as the means of dust control, automatic operation, and economical water consumption, misting cannons make an effective and sustainable fugitive dust control technique.
Covering Unpaved Surfaces with Gravel
Settled dust on bare surfaces can easily become airborne when disturbed. In such a case, covering the surfaces with gravel is one of the most sustainable dust control methods. Unlike surface wetting that consumes a lot of water, covering unpaved surfaces with gravel is effective over a long period. It’s a one-time thing, unlike the frequent application of water to wet the surface. As a result, using gravel to control fugitive dust is cost-effective. Additionally, covering unpaved surfaces with gravel reduces exposed grounds and lacks the negative environmental impacts of chemical suppressants, making it safe for the air and soil.
Slowing the wind
The wind is one of the main causes of fugitive dust. It makes settled dust airborne. Having barriers in place can slow the wind and redirect its flow, hence will prevent wind from blowing away settled dust. Windbreak materials may include board fences, hedges of plants, or raised walls around your business premises. That said, wind barriers are most effective if you design them for a specific wind direction. The reason why windbreaks are sustainable fugitive dust control methods is that they are more permanent. That way, they are cost-effective in the long run.
Partitions in dust control are portable walls you can use to enclose a source of dust to prevent the particles from becoming airborne. The walls ensure dust particles are limited in one area for collection. You can also use the walls to dust-proof a specific area, enabling you to enclose dust-sensitive products or places in your business.
Sustainable dust control techniques are methods with the least or no negative impacts on the environment. They also include environmentally friendly dust suppression methods that are cost-effective in your business.