Nuisance dusts can be a problem to people living near certain
types of industry, quarries and building sites.
The generation of dust is controlled within several pieces of
legislation, including Town and Country Planning laws and the
Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Dust from sites can be controlled by:
(a) Carefully siting transport routes;
(b) Providing hard-surfaced roadways;
(c) Imposing speed limits on site;
(d) Damping stockpiles of materials, and
(e) Keeping roadways clear;
(f) Adjusting working methods eg. to minimise demolition or
(g) Storing fine material under cover.
Dust from industrial processes can be controlled
(a) Installing fully enclosed transport systems for dusty
(b) Receiving and storing material in tankers, bags or
(c) Ensuring a high standard of housekeeping;
(d) Installing dust collection systems such as cyclones and bag
(e) Managing the site so that product damage is minimised.
If you are bothered by dust which originates from an identifiable
source, contact the Pollution Control Officer who will investigate
the problem and advise you of any action which can be taken. It is
important to note, that dust controls are primarily concerned with
the protection of human health and the environment in general. If
you are bothered by dust which only affects your property or
possessions, you will probably have to pursue the matter