Approximately 12000 workers in the UK die every year from the effects of inhaling hazardous substances during their working lives. Many workers continue to contract lung diseases from inhaling dusts, fumes and vapours. EGOS environmental are able to identify these hazardous substances and carry out air sampling
Dust is simply small particles in the air. Often these particles are too small to be seen but, because they are airborne, they can be breathed in through the nose and mouth.
It is the size and chemical nature of the dust particles that determine the effect they have on the body. Larger sized particles are called inhalable dust. Most of this will be filtered out in the nose and throat. Smaller size dust (called thoracic dust) can reach the lungs. If the dust is small enough it can be inhaled deeply. This is called respirable dust. Very small particles can pass through the lungs into other organs of the body. Smaller particles also stay in the air for much longer so can be a danger for a longer period of time.
Usually the smaller particles are the most hazardous but inhalable dust can also cause major health problems. A lot of dust however contains particles of different sizes and may be a mixture of inhalable and respirable.
The two most serious health problems caused by dust are cancers of the lungs, throat and nose, and other lung conditions called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
If you have any concerns about dust in your workplace, the EGOS team has the expertise to measure , analyse and help you control the problem.
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