10 Reasons for Silica Dust Control
Investing In a Dust Control System – 10 Reasons To Help Your Business.
1. Why buy 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 allergies.”
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.
If 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 lawsuits.
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.
3. INSURANCE RATES.
Not every reason for dust control involves the threat of negative repercussions.
Dust 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.
4. POSITIVE IMAGE.
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.
5. EMPLOYEE MORALE.
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.
You 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.
6. INCREASED PRODUCTION.
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 production.
Ever try driving in the middle of a blizzard, unable to see what’s in front of you?
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 safety glasses.
“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.
7. 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.
8. EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE.
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.
9. COMMON SENSE.
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.
10. LABOR COST.
When silica dust is created, something has to be done with the accumulated dust.
A tuck 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.”
In fact . . the clean-up expense may be the primary buying point for a dust control system. “Whenever 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 Control
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 happens.
“Smart management doesn’t wait for losses to happen . . . Instead, it works at strategies that are tailored to production.”
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