COMMON RISKS OF FOOD PROCESSING DUST
Dust and particles generated through food processing and packaging processes can lead to both health and explosion risks. Dust inhalation can seriously affect different regions of the respiratory tract and workers can be directly affected from a series of illnesses in food processing environments.
Additionally, dust explosions can occur during food processing when dust combusts too rapidly in enclosed spaces, resulting in an enormous wave of pressure and potentially fatal injuries for workers.
Manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products such as drugs, vitamins, minerals or herbs involves a wide range of processes that can generate harmful dust. The pharmaceutical dust can present unique challenges due to the potential effects on workers, chemical hazards in the industry and the value of the material. This is a growing industry with an ongoing demand for appropriate dust control tools and PPE equipment.
Some substances, such as steroids, hormones, or narcotics, may pose a risk if they escape into the atmosphere. Pharmaceutical dust exposure to staff presents certain health risks and may cause side effects such as respiratory illness, skin reactions, and other physiological conditions.
Many substances, including cellulose, corn-starch, dextrin, lactose, and other organic ingredients, have the potential to explode. In addition, cross-contamination of dust with other materials can impact product quality and safety.