Manufacturing pharmaceuticals is a highly detailed, quality oriented process that is strictly regulated to maintain the highest standard in every batch. So, making products such as vitamins, minerals, drugs, and herbs entails intricate processes including granulating, drying, crushing, mixing, blending, compressing, pelletizing, coating, and screening. All of these processes produce harmful airborne dusts.
Pharmaceutical processes produce very fine, dry, and light particulates that become airborne with little air movement. These dusts can easily travel across a factory, carrying active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's), and cause cross-contamination. This damages product quality and purity. Worker inhalation and exposure to these biologically active dusts can cause adverse health effects such as organ toxicity, skin rashes, birth defects, or worse. Pharmaceutical dusts and materials are also combustible. API's, for example, have a wide range of explosivity and sensitivity to an ignition source and since processes like milling, pouring, and mixing can create a electrostatic discharge, the dust can ignite and burn extremely rapidly. This poses major fire and explosion risks to the workers and facility.
Exposure to these dusts is governed by OSHA and monitored by other organizations that regulate safety. We highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the statutory parameters. View Laws & Regulations
To minimize these risks, implement quality air filtration products and systems. Below, is an outline of the solutions we recommend.