Dental Lab Air Cleaners and Dust Collectors
Fumex dental lab air cleaners and dust collectors are ideal for the economical capture of unhealthy dust and odors generated in dental labs. Inexpensive, whisper quiet and portable, our fume and dust control air purification systems capture and remove 99.97% of the harmful fumes and dust generated in dental labs and return purified air to the workplace. Our American made dust collection systems are simple to install, easy to use and reliable with a 2-year warranty. Dust collection equipment and fume extractors can be configured for 1, 2 or multiple stations.
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We know that the pollution from the materials used in dental technology contain between 54-70 per cent of breathable particles (particles of less than 5 microns in size). Especially concerning is the silica content. During the sandblasting and grinding processes it can reach 30 per cent exceeding maximum recommended levels. Another is exposure to particles from heavy metals like the cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloys. Both exposures may lead to the lung condition known as pneumoconiosis.
There have also been a number of cases of silicosis, a well-known and serious lung disease that is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust. Usually, silicosis is associated with the mining, quarrying and ceramics industries. However, the materials and processes used in dental laboratories put those who work there at risk.
In general, the smaller the particle the more likely it is to damage health. Especially concerning are the ultra-fine particles (UFPs) which have a size in the nano range – less than 0.1 microns. A recent study analyzed the size range of particles which dental technologists may encounter during the course of their work. A number of the composites used in dental prostheses were ground and the dust generated analyzed. All of the composites released a certain number of respirable particles. The size range of these particles extended down to the UFP level, showing that a potential health hazard exists in the dental laboratory workplace.
The good news is that it is very easy for dental technologists to capture most of this dust pollution before being inhaled. High-quality dental lab dust collector systems can make a significant improvement to air quality and help to create a healthier and cleaner work environment. To discover how, contact one of Fumex Inc’s experts.