Exposure to dust and fume found in the rubber and plastics industry has been attributed to a number of health issues, including skin conditions and respiratory diseases such as occupational asthma.

Our team works with a number of clients in the rubber and plastics industry including Michelin, Dunlop and Magna to ensure their facilities benefit from effective dust and fume control systems.


As per the HSE website, rubber contaminants are subject to the following time-weighted Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs):

  • The current WEL for rubber process dust is 6mg/m3 8-hour time weighted average*
  • The current WEL for rubber fume is 0.6mg/m3 8-hour time weighted average*

*correct at time of publication, 11th March 2019.

CoSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) 2002 Regulations require all employers to protect people from exposure to hazardous airborne particles through the effective use of control measures including local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems. Effective dust extraction systems remove contaminated air at source, ensuring the air in industrial workplaces is clean and safe to breathe.

As part of the Absolent Group, we have access to extensive technical expertise so our clients can be confident that our systems are more than fit for purpose. We work with fellow Group companies Dustcheck Ltd and Absolent AB, as well as other filter manufacturers if required, to design the most suitable dust and fume extraction systems for specific applications.

Follow this link to visit the HSE website for detailed information on how to minimise exposure to dust and fume found in the rubber and plastics industry.