TÜV SÜD now offers dust emission measurement for electrical power tools in accordance with the EN 50632 standard series, and is the first inspection laboratory in Germany to receive accreditation in this field from the German Accreditation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle, DAkkS). The use of power tools to work or process materials frequently generates high levels of dust, which may contain quartz or wood depending on the material in question. These dust emissions may be hazardous to the health of the power tool operator, and may, in high concentrations, cause irritation or even disorders of the respiratory tract, skin and eyes.
The Workplace Ordinance, employers' liability insurance associations and regulations at EU and national level all define various requirements and limit values for workplace dust emissions from electric motor-operated tools such as sanders, grinders and milling machines. Independent laboratories are useful allies in ensuring compliance with these limits or allowing other appropriate protective measures to be implemented; these institutions perform measurement of the dust emitted by such dust-producing tools, carrying out tests and inspections in line with the EN 50632 series of standards to arrive at reproducible and comparable results. TÜV SÜD provides various services for manufacturers and operators, including direct measurement of operators’ respirable and alveolar dust. The laboratory can test electric motor-operated tools with mains or battery power, with and without dust extraction systems. TÜV SÜD’s services are based on over 20 years of experience in testing industrial vacuum systems and dust extractors.
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