• Equitana 2011 Innovation prize!

    D-Dust, winner of the Equitana 2011 Innovation award!


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Health

Dust in the stable environment is an important issue for the health of both horse and human. The best way to deal with this problem is to remove the dust from the stable environment at source. That is exactly what the Hurkyson D-Dust is doing: “Deals with dust at source!”

Dust is a word for all small particles with a diameter of less then 0.5mm.  When breathing in dust, the bigger particles are caught by the mucous membrane and excreted. When the particles get smaller, this is what we refer to as  “fine dust”.  Its this fine dust thats especially dangerous for the health of horses and humans, because it enters deep into the air ways and can create significant damage. In recent research it has been proven that even in well ventilated horse stables the dust concentration levels are too high. Not only is this an issue for the horses  stabled in these high dust concentrations, but also for the personnel that  work in the stables.

Medical experts define fine dust as inhalable particles sized 10-microns and smaller. A micron is one millionth of a meter. The picture below shows an average human hair of about 70-microns thick compared to 10-micron dust particles. We need magnification to see particles sized 10-microns and smaller, so fine dust particles remain invisible. Fine dust causes many health problems. The researchers and health experts that study these fine particles, generally abbreviate fine dust as “PM” short for particulate material. Researchers use PM-10 as shorthand for particles  smaller than 10 microns, PM-5 for particles sized under 5-microns and PM-2.5 for particles sized under 2.5-microns