I’ve been working as a janitor in a grocery store and I am required to run a buffer/burnisher (300 RPM, 3M pads, propane) every night. I know the buffer kicks up a LOT of dust, I can knock a whole pile of it from the bottom of the buffer, the pad and the filter on top gets really clogged after 4 hours. My question is, is the dust harmful? The company I work for is not very reliable about providing MSDSs for the chemicals I use, so I’m not sure who makes the floor wax. If there is a health hazard, am I (as the operator) the only one who should be concerned, or is there a risk to the people elsewhere in the store (customers, store employees)?
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