Test yourself: Are you a dust bunny?

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Test yourself – are you a dust bunny?

When you have to clean somewhere dusty, it is always best to
vacuum
sweep with a dry brush
blow it away with air
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It is always best to vacuum as the vacuum cleaner's filter will capture the harmful dust. Dry sweeping and air will make the dust fly around – and a lot of it will end up in your lungs.

When it is not possible to remove the dust by vacuuming it up, it is best to
sweep with a dry brush
Leave it where it is
Wash it away
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Dust which cannot be removed by vacuuming must be washed or flushed away. Water binds the dust and stops it from floating round in the air.

Which of these processes gives off the least dust?
Blasting, clipping and slow tools
Cutting down, cutting and fast tools
They give off the same amounts of dust
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Blasting, clipping and slow tools are the least dusty processes. Blasting, because unlike when cutting things down, you do not have to stand near to the source of the dust
Clipping, because unlike cutting you do not create so much dust and spread it about
Slow tools, because they cause less dust to fly around in the air than is the case with fast tools
Also, you should primarily use wet cutting when cutting stone, woodchip, concrete and similar materials.

What items are important to keep with a vacuum cleaner?
Information on how to buy new bag
A sticker to remind people to use it
Suitable filters that can catch the harmful dust
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It is important for your vacuum cleaner to have the right filters that are suited to the work you have to do. The various filters capture different types of dust, and you have to select the filter that works with the dust you are working with.

When extraction is installed in a workshop where a lot of wood dust is generated, should the air there be extracted?
Recirculate, i.e. air should be blown back into the room
Do not recirculate, i.e. air should not be blown back into the room
Only recirculate with special permission
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Air which is extracted must not be blown back into the room – it must not be recirculated. If it is recirculated, a lot of the dust that should be extracted will just be fed back in again and you will not be protected as necessary.

When you have to protect yourself against dust, the first thing you should think of is
Wearing protective equipment such as a mask and goggles
Use materials and machines that give off the least dust
Try to find somebody else to do the work
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You must always try to prevent dust – i.e. use the materials and machines that give off the least dust. Protective equipment must only be used in emergencies, when it is not possible to limit the dust in other ways. And it is rarely a good idea to try to palm your work off on other people!

If a work area is messy and you would like to avoid dust, the best thing to do is
Clear up and clean everything
Leave the mess where it is so that the dust does not fly up
Clear up the big things and leave the rest where it is
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You should always start by clearing up and cleaning thoroughly using a vacuum cleaner and water to rinse. As long as there are things lying around, dust will be able to hide there and fly up into the air as soon as somebody walks past or there is a draught.

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