Environmental Controls » Baghouse

Air exhausted from ventilation systems is vented to cyclones, scrubbers, and baghouses for particulate removal. Dust must be removed from the separator (air pollution control equipment) and transported to storage, recycle streams, or to off-plant receivers. Dust collection systems can be a significant source of lead exposure if not properly operated, cleaned, and maintained.

Figure 1 Baghouse

Potential Sources of Exposure

  • Employees are at high risk of overexposure to lead dust:

    • While cleaning and maintaining dust collection systems (cyclones and baghouses).

    • While handling and transporting materials that were removed from dust collection systems (cyclones and baghouses).

    • While working near improperly maintained dust collection systems.

Possible Engineering and Work Practice Controls