AM520 and the dangers of silica

AM520 SidePak used to determine tasks where high levels of potentiality harmful silica particulates were generated.


“I would recommend the TSI AM520 aerosol monitor to anyone as it’s easy to use, and will certainly be using  it in the future.”

Statement issued by Lex Jordan – All Site Safety, Oct 2018

The customer

Stone Benchtop Company.

The project

With the heightened awareness of the dangers of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), the stone benchtop company wanted to identify the tasks and areas which generated high levels of particulates so control measures could be implemented.

Our solution

The AM520 real-time aerosol monitor was used on an employee that handled the engineered benchtop for a shift. The employee required minimal instructions and the instrument was unobtrusive enough as to not affect his tasks.

The outcome

The AM520 data was graphed showing specific times where high levels of particulates were recorded, which was then correlated back to specific tasks. This understanding of which tasks generated potentially harmful silica particulate exposure meant that control measures were able to be implemented, resulting in reduce liability to employer from potential unsafe workplace.

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Products used in this project

TSI AM520 SidePak Personal Aerosol Monitor

TSI AM520 SidePak Personal Aerosol Monitor

The TSI AM520 SidePak™ Personal Aerosol Monitor provides real-time aerosol mass concentration readings for PM10, respirable, China respirable, PM2.5, PM1 and 0.8 DPM.

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