• Equitana 2011 Innovation prize!

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


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Health people

The dust in a stable environment is not only unhealthy for horses, but also for people that (have to) work in the stables for a few hours per day. The maximum allowed exposure to dust is written down in labour regulations. Dutch research showed that working in a stable for 3 hours per day meant that daily toxine intake with dust intake was about 3 times the maximum level allowed. On a european level people are working on MAC values (Maximum Available Concentration). These MAC values are determined by european legislation and are the basis for national legislation in the different member states. De MAC value for biologische agents like fungi, bacteria, virusses, endotoxines and mycotoxines are often exceeded in a stable environment. 

The smaller particles penetrate most deeply into the lungs. Thus, the PM10 dust particles can disturb by mechanical and toxic action the drainage of the mucus in the airways, provoking respiratory problems and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. Ultrafine particles (PM0, 1) penetrate deeper into the lungs than larger particles, they have a much larger surface area per unit mass, and can get directly into the bloodstream. In particular, these tiny particles can cause immense damage!

Microsoft PowerPoint – Garlipp_Holland .