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Choosing the Correct Size Dust Collector for Your Job

Protecting your workers from harmful dust is crucial, and dust collectors play a vital role in achieving a safe and compliant work environment. Learn how to choose the right size dust collector (CFM) based on your workspace and dust type (hazardous or non-hazardous).

Why Dust Collectors Matter:

  • Improved Air Quality: Dust collectors remove impurities from the air, significantly improving air quality at your worksite. This not only protects worker health but also helps businesses comply with regulations and job site codes.
  • Enhanced Worker Safety: While blast helmets offer some protection, dust collectors provide a critical line of defense. They create essential airflow, preventing dust from accumulating in the breathing zone.

Choosing the Right Size:

Selecting the appropriate dust collector size is essential for optimal performance. Here’s a breakdown of the key factors:

  • Ventilation Requirements:

    • Non-hazardous dust requires a horizontal air movement of 80 ft/minute.
    • Hazardous dust requires a horizontal air movement of 100 ft/minute.
  • Calculation Method: To determine the required dust collector size (CFM – cubic feet per minute), multiply the work area’s cross-sectional area (length x width) by the necessary air speed (ft/minute).

Example:

  • Non-hazardous dust in a 10 ft x 10 ft workspace:
    • Area = 10 ft x 10 ft = 100 sq ft
    • Required air speed = 80 ft/minute
    • Dust collector size = 100 sq ft x 80 ft/minute = 8,000 CFM

Remember:

  • For hazardous dust scenarios, follow the same calculation method, but use the 100 ft/minute air speed requirement.
  • Refer to your local regulations and job site codes for specific dust control requirements.

By prioritizing worker safety and selecting the appropriate dust collector size, you can create a healthier and more compliant work environment.

BlastOne has nearly 50 years of experience with dust control equipment and can recommend the best solution for any dust control problem. Learn more about BlastOne’s current fleet of dust collectors.

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