Whether you work in construction, repair or remodeling, or are simply a weekend DIY-er, your lung health may be at risk. Prolonged exposure to silica dust – a common component in concrete, stone and related materials – can cause silicosis or other lung disease. To combat this, dustless equipment has become more widely available for use in industrial occupations and construction projects.
Silicosis is a respiratory disease caused by exposure to silica, one of the most common minerals on earth. Because it is caused not by the visible silica dust, but by microscopic dust particles, silicosis can be difficult to prevent. Jobs that place workers at risk include removing paint or rust with power tools, grinding mortar, finishing drywall, crushing or drilling concrete or rock, and similar construction projects.
In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted a rule on silica dust, which regulates the levels of exposure to silica for construction and related jobsites. The rule mandates the permissible amounts of silica that workers can be exposed to, and requires employers to use a dust collection system that captures 99 percent of silica dust, as well as a HEPA-rated vacuum for dry cleanup work.
Broadway Rental Equipment carries a few pieces of HEPA-rated and dustless equipment, such as our dry use HEPA vacuum and dustless concrete chop saw. In addition to using the right equipment, take the following steps to protect yourself from silica exposure:
- Wear proper protection over your head and mouth
- Use water spray systems and proper ventilation
- Thoroughly wash your hands after completing work – especially before eating or drinking
- Shower and change your clothes after leaving a worksite
Our Twin Cities rental equipment warehouse carries HEPA-rated dustless equipment to make your projects safer and easier. Not sure what kind of vacuum is right for your project? Give our Minneapolis equipment rental experts a call at 763-533-1680, or visit our website to get in touch and learn more. If you’re looking for something different, let us know. We often add to inventory based on customer request. We might just decide to add it to our long list of rental equipment!