Safeguard Workers’ Exposure to RCS with Aquamist by Terex
Airborne particles of Respirable Crystalline silica (RCS) pose a significant threat to workers in the materials processing industry. Earlier this month, the risk of RCS was reinforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who launched inspections focusing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used. The inspections are to verify that employers and workers know the risks involved when dealing with RCS and that control measures are in place to protect workers’ respiratory health.
Understanding the critical need for comprehensive dust suppression in industries using its materials processing equipment, Terex developed Aquamist, a state-of-the-art technology aimed at combatting RCS exposure and creating safer working environments for employees.
How Aquamist by Terex Works
Aquamist by Terex is a state-of-the-art dust suppression technology that offers an improvement over traditional methods of controlling dust (such as water hoses or manual spraying) by using a high-capacity misting fan that produces finely divided water droplets to suppress dust emissions at their source. When RCS particles become airborne, the water mist quickly encloses and suppresses the dust, preventing it from spreading into the work environment.
Key Advantages of Aquamist
- Safeguards Workers: minimises the risk of RCS inhalation, protecting workers' respiratory health.
- Compliance and Regulation: enables companies to remain compliant with local and international health and safety guidelines, reducing the potential for fines and legal complications.
- Productivity and Efficiency: integrates seamlessly with Terex Materials Processing equipment, enabling smoother productivity without compromising on safety.
- Environmental Benefits: being a water-based dust suppression system, Aquamist by Terex is an eco-friendly solution that minimises the use of harmful chemicals while controlling RCS emissions.
Eamonn McGirr, Product Manager, Terex Materials Processing said, “The materials processing industry urgently needs a comprehensive and efficient dust suppression system. Aquamist by Terex is a solution that prioritises worker health and safety by effectively minimising airborne RCS particles. By adopting this innovative technology, customers can comply with regulations, enhance productivity, and protect their workforce, all while ensuring a sustainable and responsible future for the materials processing industry.”