Health and safety hazards such as dust can fast turn into financial liabilities. Global Road Technology is an Australian company that offers dust control solutions in Perth and Western Australia (WA). Our dust control solutions are applicable in mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, rural, road and airport construction, industrial, military, sports and recreation, demolition and recovery applications. Many of our cutting-edge technologies have been used internationally as well as nation-wide. Our team consists of expert engineers that walk with you along the journey to achieve total site dust control with the benefit of using environmentally friendly dust control products.
Exposure to airborne dust hazards causes serious respiratory diseases such as asthma, asbestosis, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancers of the respiratory system such as pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Dust control Perth and WA – Background information
We often think of dust control in terms of WA’s mining communities in places like the Pilbara and Kalgoorlie. And we should. However, we must also consider that large civil construction projects and manufacturing hubs in Perth are also places of critical exposure. The most common hazardous workplace exposure reported in Perth’s manufacturing workers is exposure to airborne hazards (64%). Employers have a ‘Duty of Care’ for ensuring a safe working environment for their employees. In Western Australia, this legislation is governed by WorkSafe. Exposure standards have been established in Australia for approximately 700 substances and mixtures.
To determine whether an exposure standard is being exceeded, or if there is uncertainty, air monitoring may be required. Health monitoring may also be required for workers who are at risk of exposure to silica or asbestos dust. Safe Work Australia has produced an informative publication on “Workplace exposures standards for airborne contaminants”. Given the resource rich Western Australia, mining is amongst one of the major contributors to airborne dust. People can be exposed to dust anywhere on a mine site, but activities such as drilling, blasting, hauling, stockpiling have the potential to create unacceptable dust exposures if not controlled.
GRT dust control applications and products
- Mining – GRT: Haul-Loc, GRT: ACTIVATE, GRT: 12X, GRT: DC Binder, GRT: Wet-Loc.
- Civil construction (road and runways) – GRT: Enviro-Binder, GRT: Haul-Loc, GRT: Soil-Loc, GRT7000, GRT: Wet-Loc.
- Oil and gas – GRT7000, GRT: Wet-Loc, GRT: Enviro-Binder, GRT: Haul-Loc, GRT: Soil-Loc.
- Renewable energy – GRT: Enviro-Binder, GRT: Haul-Loc, GRT: Soil-Loc, GRT7000.
- Rural – GRT: Wet-Loc, GRT: Enviro-Binder, GRT: Soil-Loc, GRT5000.
- Military – GRT: 1000, GRT: 2000, GRT: 3000.
- Sports and recreation – GRT: BMX, GRT5000, GRT: Wet-Loc
- Demolition and recovery – GRT: ACTIVATE, GRT: Rubble-Loc.
Case Studies: Dust control in Perth and WA using GRT products
1. Iron Ore – open cut mine in the Pilbara
One of the major iron ore mines in the Pilbara makes use of our GRT: Haul-Loc system. This utilizes an automated dosing unit set up at the standpipe that doses a calibrated amount of product into the water sprayed for dust control. This system delivers a cost-effective means of improving dust control outcomes greater than 500%.
2. Underground Gold Mine
Underground gold mining generates significant amounts of dust – across above and underground operations. One of the major gold miners in central WA utilizes our GRT: Haul-Loc system for control of dust – under and above ground. This utilizes our automated dosing unit set up at the standpipe that doses a calibrated amount of product into the water sprayed for dust control. The efficiencies gained, means that roads underground remain dust free long after they have dried out – providing safer, more reliable access to the operational face.
GRT – provides dust control in Perth and WA
To manage the risks of dust, you must first identify where it is being generated. This enables you to deal with it at its source. GRT takes an active role in helping device your dust control and management plan. Our wide range of products for specific applications are available for your dust control needs. The incentive for working with GRT in dust control, especially in Perth and Western Australia is the guarantee of good workmanship and expert hands-on engineers that never make you walk alone. Our mission is to eliminate dust as a site hazard treating the dust at the point of generation. There are many sources of dust, and its respirable particles are small enough to be breathed in penetrate deep into the lungs – causing permanent damage leading to serious illness or death. So reach out to GRT – prevention is better than cure, which in this case there is no cure to lung diseases caused by exposure to dust.
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