Dust-free working

Fine particulate matter is harmful to health, particularly when it contains carcinogens like respirable crystalline silica (RCS), hardwood, chromium and nickel. Workers coming into contact with this dust must be very careful and work in a responsible, safe and – above all – healthy way.

Dust-free grooves milling with an angle grinder with TNO/Dusttool collecting unit:

For TNO, it is essential to reduce workplace exposure to fine particulate matter  – and to develop more systems to achieve that. Our goal is “dust-free working”.

Together with equipment manufacturers we are therefore actively developing effective management systems for fine particulates. These include vacuum extractors, which can reduce exposure to particulate matter by as much as 100 times. The resulting “dust-free” tools and systems are assessed (validated) using a TNO Performance Test.

Dust-free drilling:

Please find a detailed list of almost 200 tested tools that may help you preventing dust exposure on

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Wouter Fransman
The Netherlands
  • Silica and quartz dust
  • Hardwood dust
  • Chromium
  • Nickel
  • Dust
Sector / branche
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
  • Construction
Solution types
  • 2. T – Technical measurements
  • 3. O – Organizational measurements