Nuisance Dust

Potential Hazard

  • Possible employee exposure to nuisance dust during cutting, grinding, machining, polishing, sanding, and so forth.

Possible Solutions

  • Identify exposure scenarios and perform appropriate evaluations.
    • Perform exposure measurements for the compounds used.
    • Keep exposures below acceptable exposure levels.
  • Use wet operations when possible to reduce airborne dust concentrations.
  • Provide appropriate ventilation to reduce dust concentration levels in the air.
  • Use respiratory protection when necessary to further reduce exposure and protect employees. [29 CFR 1910.134]
  • Maintain adequate housekeeping to remove unwanted dust and reduce concentration levels.

Additional Information

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