Even if you’re just an occasional DIY-er, it’s important to take all necessary precautions to protect your lung health. This is because of the increased risk of lung disease caused by prolonged exposure to silica, a compound found in concrete, stone, and other materials. To protect yourself from dust exposure, be aware of the risks, rent the proper equipment, and follow these steps to minimize dust inhalation.
Why is Silica Dust Dangerous?
Silicosis is a respiratory disease caused by exposure to silica. Because it is caused microscopic dust particles and not the more visible silica dust, exposure can be difficult to prevent. Projects that carry high levels of risk include grinding mortar, crushing or drilling concrete or rock, finishing drywall, removing paint or rust with power tools, and similar work. Both professional construction workers and laypeople are at risk – unless dust exposure is minimized.
Dustless Equipment Is Good for Your Health
The best way to protect yourself against silica dust exposure is to use dustless equipment. Broadway Rental Equipment carries dustless and HEPA-rated equipment, such as our dry use HEPA vacuum, our dustless concrete chop saw, and other concrete demolition tools. In addition, it’s important to:
- Wear proper protection over your nose and mouth
- Use proper ventilation and water spray systems
- Wash your hands after completing work, especially before eating or drinking
- Change your clothes and shower after completing a project or leaving a worksite
The best way to prevent against harm from dust is avoid inhaling it. We’ve all gotten used to wearing masks, and this one of the best reasons to wear one! Contact Broadway Rental to discuss your project, its risks, and our dustless equipment options.
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This is an updated blog post, taken from a post that was originally published in July 2017.