Health and Environmental Impacts of Dust
HUMAN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DUST
Breathing in dust particles can lead to respiratory issues like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Long periods of exposure to certain types of dust, such as silica or asbestos, can cause serious lung diseases including silicosis, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
Some types of dust may contain hazardous substances like heavy metals or chemicals, which can have systemic effects on the body if absorbed or ingested. Proper dust control measures are essential to minimize these health risks and protect people from the harmful effects of dust exposure.
AIRBORNE DUST PARTICLES AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Large amounts of dust can reduce air quality, impair visibility, and interfere with the climate system by influencing weather patterns. When deposited on land or water, dust can alter soil fertility, affect plant growth, and contaminate water bodies, posing risks to ecosystems and biodiversity. Excessive dust can even damage infrastructure like buildings, machinery, and electronics.
AIRBORNE DUST EFFECTS ON BEEF COWS
Dust particles in agricultural settings increase the risk of Bovine Respiratory Disease and Acute Interstitial Pneumonia. When cows are exposed to excessive farm dust, whether in feedlots, barns, or grazing areas, it can lead to a range of health issues and costly veterinarian bills. Inhaling airborne dust particles can irritate their respiratory system, causing coughing, wheezing, and reduced lung function. Prolonged exposure may contribute to chronic respiratory conditions, decreasing overall feed efficiency and weight gain in the animals.