Ceramic tile is created from clay and earth-based minerals. They create dust when cut or smashed, which may pose a respiratory hazard. This is especially dangerous for people who already suffer from lung-conditions like asthma or emphysema. Additionally, the Ceramic Tile Institute of America states that some ceramic tiles imported from outside of the United States may contain lead, which can be released into the air during demolition or cutting of the tile. Some people may have a skin reaction to contact with ceramic dust, developing itching, redness or a rash. Tile cutting and demolition projects may be best left to a professional, especially if you’re concerned about the possibility of lead in your ceramic tile.

Suggested Industrial Vacuums for Recovery of Ceramic Dust

PrestiVac HEPAPlus* Vacuums are specifically designed to safely vacuum toxic dusts. Equipped with a Certified Absolute HEPAPlus*filter with an efficiency of 99.995% on 0.2 micron so there is no risk of exposure or contamination for the operator or the environment. These vacuums are tested for absolute filtration. Testing Method: IEST RP-CC034.3. H14. MIL-STD 282 / A.S.T.M. - D2986-91.  MPPS method EN 1822.

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