Daily, construction site activities, such as demolitions, concrete cutting, heavy traffic and site preparation, expose workers to harmful dust. In this regard, the government has set regulations for dust exposure limits, and, now more than ever, construction sites owners are striving to protect their workers from the danger of harmful dust. But, all in all, there is need to get long-lasting dust control methods to maintain compliance with such regulations.
The War on Silica Dust
Crystalline silica, which is a lung carcinogen, is a common component in construction dust. Long exposure to silica dust results in silicosis, a lung disease that claims many lives globally. The permissible exposure limits of silica dust during an eight- hour work shift are 50 micrograms.
The Need for Dust Control Solutions
It is costly to use water as a dust control solution especially with other costs, such as equipment repair and labour costs, resulting from using water-based dust suppressants. Also, unsettled dust causes damage to unpaved roads from severe weather, vehicles and heavy construction equipment.
Manufacturers of dust control products are designing advanced solutions to manage air dust and solidify work site soils. These advanced dust control solutions are convenient to use and durable. In fact, many construction companies globally trust these solutions in stabilising soil and controlling construction dust.
The Operation of Dust Control Solutions
Dust control solutions are water and ultraviolet-ray resistant, biodegradable and safe for humans and the environment. Whenever you apply these products to any surface, copolymer molecules combine and create a bond between aggregate particles and the soil. The product then forms a water-resistant, durable and flexible solid mass.
After the product cures fully, the copolymer product becomes transparent and leaves the space looking untouched. However, the application rates of dust control solutions depend on the size and type. They are also to adjust, increasing the effectiveness of their performance.
Failure to control dust exposure at construction sites cause not only respiratory problems to workers but also cause hazardous working conditions. Thanks to advanced dust control solutions, you need not worry about complying with state regulations and ensuring the safety of your employees.