A steady increase in energy production worldwide is generated by biomass conversion, which comes with its own set of occupational health and safety issues, including hazardous dust emissions.

We understand the risks

Unfortunately, dust is generated at various stages of biomass handling, which poses serious health risks to everyone in the area.

Prolonged or repeated exposure to fine biomass dust has an effect on workers’ health as this type of dust is a human carcinogen. Another occupational risk is human exposure to biomass ash residue.

The dust from the most widely used biomass type – wood – sometimes contains toxins that can produce severe allergic reactions. Breathing airborne wood dust may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and even lung cancer.

Other types of biomass may contain fungal spore types and also pose a respiratory risk to staff.

In addition, wood dust is highly combustible and dust control is an important factor in reducing the risk of combustible explosions.

Furthermore, biomass dust emissions can travel for miles and possibly affect the nearby communities which can result in litigation, fines and even closure of the facilities.

Biomass Handling

We can confidently combat dust in biomass handling

Mideco’s 60 year expertise in the area of dust control, accumulated through many successful projects of various complexity, can help your biomass handling business minimise respiratory risks and protect your staff.

In this industry, you might require different types of dust control solutions for the four types of biomass used today – wood and agricultural products, solid waste, landfill gas and biogas, and alcohol fuels.

Whatever the material involved, our effective environment technologies can help your business solve any biomass dust-related problem while taking care of your most precious resource – your people.

Mideco’s Burnley® Baffles are able to significantly reduce the amount of dust released during biomass unloading.

Our range of Dust Collectors, highly efficient, Dust Scrubbers and Mideclones on their own or combined with other systems, will help you achieve effective dust management.