DustCanary – protecting workers’ health from workplace dust exposure

Access to real-time sampling and monitoring data from workplace dust exposure is a game-changer for workers, employers and occupational hygienists alike. Practical dust sampling and monitoring, which is made possible with DustCanary’s new light-weight wearable devices, help to mitigate the risks posed by dust across a range of work environments.

Compact with no sampling tubes or waist-worn pumps to avoid catch hazards, this real-time visual and audible alarm is derived from an innovative optical particle counter, and warn when a worker is being exposed to increased respirable dust including Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). Instant information on changing levels of exposure is provided, which allows workers to minimise their own dust exposure.

Utilising advanced patented air sampling technology developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the University of Hertfordshire, DustCanary’s CPAM also allows inhalable dust to be monitored over an eight-hour shift in line with Health and Safety Executive requirements.

Weighing less than 150g and small enough to be worn on a lapel in the worker’s breathing zone, DustCanary wearables are convenient to wear on a daily basis and can therefore provide continuous protection. Live data can be used to trend exposure over time and to understand hotspots including changes to exposure levels due to local exhaust ventilation (LEV) performance, change in dust creating process, or in dust control processes.

Will Averdieck, Founder and Managing Director of DustCanary, says: “Our wearables are really valuable tools for providing protection to workers from dust exposure while also providing protection to employers through valuable incites and records of minimised exposure.”

For further information, see www.dustcanary.com

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