for Silica Dust Control
Investing In a Dust Control System - 10 Reasons
To Help Your Business.
a dust control system? In a word, Lungs!
"Airborne particles will cause lung and throat cancer somewhere down the
road if they don't eliminate that stuff."
"Numerous medical studies have determined that masonry dust is a major
respiratory hazard. Aside from the ever looming possibility of lung
cancer, many contractors are haunted by nagging side effects such as continuous
coughing, sneezing attacks, throat phlegm, asthma, eye irritation and dust
Health dangers from dust "don't cease when the sawing stops and the dust stops
flying. Fine silica dust particles can stay suspended in the air for hours."
2. LEGAL OBLIGATIONS.
the immediate and long-term well-being of employees doesn't strike a good will
chord of concern, the monetary obligations of failed health might be a stronger
influence. Negligence can lead to Workers Compensation Claims and even
Beyond Workers Compensation, other legal ramifications exist as well; and
it doesn't just stop with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration).
A host of local and national agencies all flex their muscle to some degree
regarding keeping construction job sites dust fee. Not only will OHSA come
after you but, the fire marshal, the Labor Department and the Department of the
Environment will all come after you if you don't have proper dust control
measures in place.
Not every reason for dust control involves the threat of negative
control systems have lowered insurance
rates. When insurance companies rate a company, they are concerned
with prevention and maintaining safety. Companies that incorporate
dust control measures are less susceptible to such health hazards, which can
lower insurance premiums.
Clearly your work serves as an indicator of your quality to your clients, but so
does the atmosphere that you work in. Plain and simple, customers like
to visit a construction site and they feel your service is better if you
have a clean site. If they come and see a
dirty site, it reflects on your company's image.
Beyond the impression a dirty site gives to customers, it also sends a
message to the workers.
If the job site is clean and there are good
working conditions, the workers are happier and more productive.
will notice that those companies who subject their employees to work in
dirty conditions - where they may be completely covered in silica dust - these
companies tend to have high employee turnover.
"Working like a
gentleman," is more suitable to this day and age.
The hardest part about purchasing a dust control system may be that companies
typically don't want to allot any portion of their capital budget to
something that isn't revenue-building, at least not in a measurable
format. However, a clean working atmosphere does increase worker
Ever try driving in the middle of a blizzard, unable to see what's in front
That's how it is working in an environment without dust
control. With your vision impaired by the powdered dust clouds, making accurate
cuts is difficult and dangerous. Uncontrolled dust settles onto your
"With effective dust control, workers stop to
clean their glasses and the work-area less often. By reducing the amount
of dust in the work environment, workers are free to spend more of their
time being productive . . . and providing a higher-quality product.
QUALITY FINISHED PRODUCT.
The massive amounts of silica dust that is created creates problems on the finished
product. The high concentrate of dust in the air is drawn onto and
even "blasted into" the finished product. Your wash down
expense is greatly reduced with a dust control system.
A key to improved production (beyond the workers themselves) is the tools
the workers use . . .
A tools' performance and longevity is hindered by
dust. Tools operate better and last longer if the dust is "directed" away from the tool.
Minimizing dust through the use of
dust control reduces tool maintenance expenses and extends the tool's life.
People are realizing that the massive amounts of dust that is created just can't be any good for our physical well-being. Working
in these types of conditions is considered barbaric to today's
standards. Our establishment is now beginning to demand
effective dust control measures.
When silica dust is created, something has to
be done with the accumulated dust.
pointer, grinding 1/4" diameter joints, will generate eighty pounds of dust in an eight
hour day. That adds up to a
considerable amount of waste . . . And something has to be done with this waste.
Using a dust control system is the only realistic way of keeping a job site
clean . . . "It's really the only way to get rid of waste unless you
sweep it up . . . and that is kind of ridiculous."
fact . . the clean-up
expense may be the primary buying point for a dust control system.
you create waste, such as dust, that you don't have to handle, there's a
significant payback in labor saving."
It's All Under Your
In the end, it's up to you to determine if you're generating enough
waste to warrant an investment in dust control. However, it's better
to make the determination and act upon it rather that to wait to see what
"Smart management doesn't wait for losses to
happen . . . Instead, it works at strategies that are tailored to production."
Right, Buy Smart . . .
. . . ICS Dust Control & Slurry De-Watering Systems