AGRICULTURE

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), the occupational asthma rate for people working in agriculture is several times higher than the national average. This is attributed to exposure to a range of agricultural dusts including grain dust and poultry dust, as well as particles from animal dander, bedding, feed and plant materials.

Our experienced team has designed and installed agricultural dust extraction systems for a range of customers to minimise risk by ensuring their workers are protected from exposure to agricultural dusts.

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Depending on the requirements of each specific application, filters can be sourced from a number of suppliers including fellow Absolent Group Company, Dustcheck Ltd. Dustcheck designs and builds its own filters in the UK and has developed a range of products designed to meet the needs of the agricultural industry.

Standards of construction vary from mild steel with standard or special paint finishes to stainless steel (grade to suit i.e. 304 or 316) with finishes from standard sheet with welds as laid, to special finishes which are crack and crevice free. Dustcheck can supply venting and extraction solutions for typical applications including sieving and ingredient dispensing, bag filling, weighing areas, elevators, as well as:

  • Conveyors
  • Milling
  • Mixing
  • Tanker filling

Whether the application is process related – where the product being handled is a process ingredient (process venting), or the application is handling fugitive emissions from the process (dust extraction/LEV) – we can offer a solution that will suit your requirements.

All of Dustcheck’s filters come with ATEX rated options meaning potentially explosive and volatile products can be handled safely and they can also be built to comply with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) where applicable.

Our in-house design team is able to provide filters to fit almost any space constraints - ensuring the right fit for a wide range of work-spaces.

The HSE has a dedicated page on its website which contains a wealth of information to help agricultural employers protect their workers from occupational asthma. Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/asthma/agriculture.htm for more details. It also offers a free guide entitled ‘control of exposure to grain dust’ which can be downloaded here.