Dust collection solutions: certified to avoid occupational hazards and fines

In certain production processes, environmental contamination is generated unintentionally, causing dirt in the facilities and health problems for the people who are in them. 

Dust collection in industry is therefore a critical issue for several reasons. Among them, the prevention of occupational hazards and compliance with current regulations to avoid possible penalties. 

  • Health and safety: Exposure to dust in industry can be a risk to the health and safety of workers, as the particles generated during production activities can contain hazardous substances such as heavy metals, chemicals and other contaminants, causing respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, bronchitis and asthma, along with other health hazards such as eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation. 

In addition, exposure to dust can cause damage to vital organs, especially the lungs, and lead to diseases such as pneumoconiosis, a potentially fatal condition caused by inhaling dust into the lungs, or silicosis, caused by inhaling crystalline silica, a common component of dust found in many materials such as sand, quartz and stone.

On the other hand, dust can also pose an explosion hazard in some industrial environments, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and mineral production. When dust accumulates in large quantities and is combined with an ignition source, such as an electrical spark or open fire, an explosion can occur.

  • Comply with current regulations: In Spain, companies are subject to regulations and standards that establish limits and requirements for the emission of particles and dust into the air, water and discharges. Non-compliance can result in penalties and heavy fines. 

The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Act (IPPC) establishes a legal framework for the prevention and control of pollution in industry, including particulate and dust emissions. In addition, there are specific regulations for different industrial sectors that establish limits and requirements for particulate and dust emissions, as well as for their control and management.

If non-compliance is detected, the authorities may impose sanctions, which may include financial fines, temporary or permanent closure of the activity and other coercive measures .

Grupo Cartés has a wide stock of products that comply with the necessary certifications to guarantee people's health and comply with current regulations.

Certifications of our dust collection solutions

  • Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 - Relating to materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. It establishes that any material or article in direct or indirect contact with food must be sufficiently inert to prevent the transfer of substances that endanger human health, cause an unacceptable change in the composition of foodstuffs, or alter their organoleptic characteristics.
  • FDA - This organization is responsible for the protection of public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs, biological products and medical devices, ensuring the quality of food, cosmetics, biological products and blood derivatives.
  • Directive 2014/34/EU (ATEX) - Regulations concerning work with equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres.
  • UNE-EN 60335-1:2012/A13:2017 - Regulations concerning the safety of household and similar electrical appliances.
  • IFA-BGIA classification - The IFA-BGIA institute aims to ensure the safety of workers in the workplace. For this purpose, an analysis of the filter media is carried out and classes of use (L, M and H) are established. In addition, an exposure limit (AGW) is established beyond which the safety of the worker in the workplace cannot be guaranteed.
IFA-BGIA Classification
Type of useConcentrationMaximum authorized emission

L
Filtration of dusts with AGW values > 1 mg/m3
< 1,0%

M
Dust filtration with AGW values ≥ 0.1 mg/m3
< 0,1%

H
Filtration of dusts with AGW values, dusts containing dangerous carcinogenic substances and dusts containing pathogens.

<0,005%