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January 6, 2010

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Personnel de-dusting unit- ‘JetBlack’

At the Whitwell Works of Steetley Dolomite Ltd, magnesium limestone products are quarried for the steel, refractory and agricultural industries. The processing of the limestone results in the creation of a lot of dust around the plant, which gets deposited on the overalls of workers on site.

To facilitate the de-dusting process, the company has now installed a blower-powered ‘JetBlack’ personnel cleaning unit from Air Control Industries (ACI).

“Everyone is really pleased with the ACI JetBlack,” said John Collins, Steetley Dolomite’s senior electro technician. “It cleans down effectively and is safe. Iteliminates all the health risks present when using compressed air. By providing the JetBlack as an alternative we have broken the bad practice of using compressed air for cleaning down.”

ACI says the blower-powered JetBlack delivers high volumes of air at low pressure that can even be applied directly on to exposed skin. The unit is said to be quiet (78 dBA) and cost effective to run, only using energy on demand, with no drain on compressor power. The JetBlack is available as either a wall-mounted or portable unit, and operation is by a hand held gun on a flexible hose.

To find out more, contact Matthew Forknall — [email protected] — or visit

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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