Dust screens for construction works within industrial environments

24 March 2023

Flexiscreen dust screen used for dust prevention in a live construction environment

 

Dust screens are often necessary in many industrial, manufacturing and warehouse environments when building works are proceeding. They safely enable temporary project work such as machinery upgrades or replacements, floor works, building extensions and improving efficiencies in line with any industry or technological developments.

 

Key Considerations for Construction Dust Screens

Dust containment

Hygiene, contamination control and product integrity is key in many factory and warehouse facilities, so dust generated from any construction or civil work must be contained or extracted effectively. To ensure this happens, choose a product like Flexiscreen – its unique design enables a 99%+ dust-tight seal.

 

Size required

For a small building project such as a house extension, small one-piece dust screens available for sale online are often a good choice. However, if you have a large commercial premises such as a warehouse or factory, a panel-based dust screen system such as Flexiscreen will be needed, due to the ability to fit any height and width of building, around ducts, pipes and steel work.

 

Ease of installation

Installation of Flexiscreen is fast, easy and clean, meaning minimal disruption to existing schedules, and new projects can get underway fast. Traditional dust screens can take longer to install than this kind of system, and not as easily adapted to phased works. Flexiscreen can be moved and reconfigured as a project progresses.

 

Floor space

Traditional sheeting systems can be bulky, however, dust screens like Flexiscreen only take up millimetres of floor space. Supporting framework is not required as it is suspended from the existing building structure. It can even be installed on an angle and accommodate tight gaps.

 

Material type

Some factories and warehouses have strict hygiene or safety requirements, and these must be taken into account when selecting a dust screen solution for construction works. Flexiscreen is available in antibacterial and fire-rated materials, facilitating full compliance in these environments. Fabrics used can help with temperature, draught or weather management for temperature sensitive process, in addition to containing dust and debris.

 

 

Dust management during an active construction or maintenance project in a live environment

 

Despite what some may assume, construction/civils work doesn’t have to be a major disruption and it can take place within live environments without operations coming to a halt.

 

One of the major concerns for project managers during temporary works is dust control and contamination. Construction dust refers to the particles and debris produced as a by-product during various construction works, common sources including concrete, wood, silica, metal, and plaster. Construction dust can not only be dangerous for employees working within the facility but can contaminate products and damage equipment.

 

The prospect of containing dust can seem quite overwhelming, but with the right solution, it couldn’t be simpler…

 

A simple, flexible dust screen solution

 

Temporary dust screening can prevent the transfer of construction-generated dust and maintain the live production environment, minimising disruption to work and overall productivity. It’s possible to either enclose the entire construction activity or separate the active part of the factory from the construction activity.

 

Both can be easily done with Flexiscreen; a temporary floor-to-ceiling screen used to contain dust during construction, flooring installation and extension works within live manufacturing and warehouse environments. This is an engineered reinforced PVC-coated fabric screen – strong and robust compared to more traditional methods such as scaffold sheeting.

 

Flexiscreen’s unique v-overlap system and tight seal around ducts, pipes, steel work and at ceiling level ensures a 99% dust-tight seal. This temporary dust screen can be used in a variety of different industrial settings, for a range of applications…

 

Applications for temporary dust screens

 

  • Temporarily screen off production line upgrades or new installations to prevent cross-contamination in a live manufacturing facility, especially useful in food manufacturing environments, as seen here.
  • Create an enclosure around areas where the roof needs to be removed, not only for dust contamination prevention, for temperature control too.
  • Contain dust and keep operations moving where possible during flooring and drainage works. Check out this example.
  • Provide a barrier during mezzanine floor or racking installation.

 

Benefits of Flexiscreen dust screens include:

 

  • Quick installation processes: maintain your existing production schedules
  • Design and installation to suit any height and width (subject to survey)
  • Requires minimal space to install, no need to move equipment as with scaffold sheeting
  • Unique v-overlap and installation methods create a 99% dust-tight seal
  • Suspended panel-based system: requires no supporting structure as suspended from existing building structure
  • Manufactured in the UK, for quick turnaround
  • Wind load calculations and designs available for external walls or high wind load areas

 

 

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