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When it comes to bulk bag storage, proper dust management is important. It not only affects the quality of your products, but it also ensures employee safety. It is critical to employ efficient dust management methods in the South African industrial sector, where dirt accumulation can be a serious concern. 

Custom Bulk Bags is a leading manufacturer and supplier of bulk bags in South Africa. We  produce up to 3.5 million bulk bags per year. We understand the importance of maintaining clean products while in storage, as well as safety and hygiene protocols, particularly while storing loaded bulk bags and heavy items. 

How dust affects bulk bag storage

Dirt particles can accumulate on bulk bags in storage and can have negative consequences, including contamination of products, health hazards for workers, fire or explosive potential and legal implications. Therefore, a proactive approach to control dirt is necessary to maintain product quality and ensure workplace safety.

It’s important to consider aspects such as bag material, storage conditions and regulatory compliance when determining your dust control methods. Custom Bulk Bags suggests using a checklist or questionnaire to uncover specific difficulties and solutions. This assessment will aid in tailoring dust management solutions to your individual needs.

Used bulk bags under covers in the Custom Bulk Bags warehouse

Effective dust control methods

Several practical approaches can be used in bulk bag storage:

1) Proper bag handling procedures and equipment – It’s vital to minimise dust discharge during filling and emptying of bulk bags. These particles can float around the workplace and settle on machinery and stored bulk bags. Dust can be reduced by using proper handling equipment, such as forklift attachments or hoover systems.

2) Implementing anti-dust devices – There are certain controls, such as bag spout liners, dust collection devices and bag closing procedures that can drastically reduce contaminants in the workplace. Dust collecting devices capture and hold airborne particles, while bag spout liners form a tight seal.

3) Investigating alternate solutions – Dust emissions can be reduced further by using automated bag filling systems or custom-designed bulk bag solutions. These cutting-edge solutions boost efficiency and precision during the filling process.

4) Regular maintenance and cleaning processes – Including routine maintenance and cleaning operations in your procedures will help to avoid dust build-up over time. Inspecting and replacing worn-out components, cleaning dust collection equipment and ensuring optimum ventilation are all part of the job.

A stack of flattened bulk bags on a pallet shelf

Compliance with regulations

Compliance with local and international legislation is critical for many companies in South Africa. Dust control standards differ and understanding and adhering to the relevant criteria is important. To ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices, proper documentation, training programmes and monitoring processes should be put in place.

These regulations exist because dust can contaminate products, cause respiratory problems for employees and have the potential to spontaneously combust in extremely hot and dry conditions. Being aware of these issues is important and taking proactive steps to minimise dust in the workplace should be enforced.

Effective dust management in bulk bag storage and other industrial environments is vital for product quality and a safe working environment. Custom Bulk Bags is dedicated to assisting you in achieving dust control excellence through our customisable bulk bag designs. Our consultants are available to offer advice and guidance throughout the ordering process.

If you require any support, please contact Custom Bulk Bags today. Taking proactive measures to keep dust off your stored bulk bags can ensure the longevity of your items as well as the safety of your employees.


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for our latest news and industry insights.