Key Reasons for Dust Control
The massive amounts
of silica dust that is created just can't be of any good for our
health. Exposure to silica dust is a major respiratory
health hazard . . . that eventually leads to silicosis.
Your No. 1 Reason for Purchasing a Dust Control System.
Using a dust control system is the only realistic way of
keeping a job site clean. Sweeping, vacuuming, or washing
the dust after you created it is kind of ridiculous, and it only
creates additional health, environmental and safety problems . .
Anytime that waste
is created, that you don't have to handle, there will always be
payback in labor savings. Have you ever considered the
expense of cleaning windows? - Silica dust is attracted to
glass like a magnet!
the wash down effect on the environment . . . Pressuring washing
a building and its surrounding area . . . including plants,
trees, vehicles, sidewalks, parking lots, streets, etc. . . .
Where do you think the runoff goes?
are laws . . . U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and the local sanitary and sewer authorities have limits
for the amount of suspended solids and pH levels that can do
down into local sewer systems.
types of discharges into the storm drains have recently become a
priority with the federal and state EPA, water quality control
officials, regional and local inspectors, as well as other
advocate and environmental groups.
illegal discharges can bring fines of $10,000 per day plus $10
per gallon . . . and up to $30,000 per day if the EPA becomes
No. 1 Reason for Purchasing a Dust Control System.
Why buy a dust control system? In a word, Lungs.
recent filings, silica dust exposure has been excluded
from Workers Compensation claims. Insurance
companies know that airborne particles cause lung and throat
cancer, and likewise they've been excluding this respiratory
claim from Workers Compensation.
studies have determined that masonry dust is a major respiratory
hazard. And 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 allergies.
If the immediate and long-term well-being of our workers doesn't
strike a moral obligation, the monetary obligations of failed
health might be a stronger influence. Even without Workers
Compensation, negligence can still lead to lawsuits . . .
every reason for dust control involves the threat of negative
repercussions. Beyond the
impression a dirty site gives to customers, it also sends a
message to the workers. If a job site is clean and in
good working conditions, workers are happier and more productive
. . . Likewise, working in dirty and unhealthy conditions
leads to a high employee turnover rate among companies . . .
systems have also been known to lower a company's insurance
rates. When insurance companies rate companies 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