[Then] you’re just re-suspending the dust and distributing it all over.” Dust also can affect equipment’s length of life and quality of products, Ahrenholz added.
Industrial vacuums can clean walls, ceilings, machinery and other places, CCOHS notes.
“You want to use wet methods or have high-efficiency vacuum systems,” said Steve Ahrenholz, senior industrial hygienist at NIOSH’s Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
The practice extends from traditional offices to industrial workplaces, including factories, warehouses and manufacturing plants that present special challenges such as hazardous materials, combustible dust and other flammables.
Experts agree that all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part.