The Dangers Of Road Dust

15 July 2015
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


Dusty roads might sound like something out of a country western song; however, in real life, they're a lot less rustic and charming and a lot more dangerous and alarming! Road dust can present many hazards and dangers to drivers of both standard vehicles and heavy-duty construction equipment, which is why it's so important to have some kind of road dust control system in place. If you're still not convinced that this is important, read on to learn about the many potential dangers of road dust.

Not Good for the Heart or Lungs

Road dust is made up of lots of fine particles, particles that can easily be breathed in. When road dust is breathed in, especially on a regular basis, it can wreak all kinds of havoc on a person's body.

Road dust has been shown to aggravate many types of heart and lung conditions, such as asthma. And, while there isn't yet any proof that road dust can cause these conditions, it is strongly believed that there may be some correlation between exposure to road dust and an increased risk of heart and/or lung conditions.

Why take chances when there are road dust control options available?

Contamination

When road dust is "kicked up," so to speak, it can potentially pollute and cause harm to river water, animals, and vegetation within the vicinity.

This is particularly true if the dust has been salted, a common procedure for reducing road dust, or if it is dust that comes from a nearby manufacturing or chemical plant.

Obviously, contaminated dust can be a serious hazard for people and objects that come into contact or even near-contact with it, which is why it's important to choose safe, reliable, chemical-free methods of dust control, such as sweeping or blowing, over chemical methods.

Deterioration

Not only is road dust harmful to all life forms, but there are also indications that it could lead to faster deterioration of nearby buildings and structures.

This makes sense in a lot of ways. Not only is it bad for a structure to be covered in dust, but the constant cleaning of structures that are near road dust sources lends itself to constant wear and tear.

As you can see, there is obviously a major need for road dust control. Fortunately, there are many services that provide both chemical and non-chemical solutions for this problem. If road dust is an issue in your residential or commercial area, contact a company like GMCO Corporation as soon as possible to find a viable solution.


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