In the construction territory, dust is considered a hazard. Construction equipment is bound to pick up dust in the construction process. A dust control plan, therefore, becomes a high priority for contractors as part of any construction process. Fortunately, providers like Bosstek, offer construction companies dust control solutions to ensure a reduction of dust clouds on sites. Dust control measures apply to construction sites that have the potential for air and water pollution. Dust from a construction site can even damage construction equipment and is a health hazard to the population near the site.
Here are four main things that construction companies should know about dust control.
Dust control improves the safety and health of workers
Construction companies must meet safety, health, and environmental requirements through dust control. Activities like extraction, moving, and handling of materials in a construction site generate dust storms that are a nuisance and a health hazard to the site’s surroundings. Breathing dust over a prolonged period can result in life-changing respiratory diseases that can compromise your well-being. More so, dust produced during construction is a leading contributor to environmental pollution, through air and water pollution. Health and environmental regulatory standards require construction companies to protect their employees and those nearby by reducing site emissions through dust control systems. Dust control systems help suppress and collect dust fumes that result from industrial processes like mining, preventing excessive pollution.
Dust control enhances productivity on construction site
Dust can also affect the quality of work through damage to construction equipment. Dust and other emissions can clog up machinery and equipment that affects their performance or stops working completely. Implementing a dust control plan ensures proper maintenance of construction equipment. It also reduces the amount of time spent in cleaning and repairing equipment allowing workers to be more productive on-site.
Implementing dust control methods
Construction companies should be keen to supplement dust control systems with other methods of dust control. There are different methods of controlling dust levels in the air during construction such as water suppression. Although it is a costly method, water is effective in damping down dust clouds and is applicable across different types of construction jobs. Construction companies should, however, be careful not to use excessive water to avoid creating runoff that is hazardous to the environment.
It is advisable to use water in the light mist at least three times a day on the area being worked on. Another widely used method is on-tool extraction where local exhaust ventilation systems are fitted directly on tools to remove dust as it is produced. Other control methods include physically blocking the wind, and setting up vegetation and mulch.
Supply workers with Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
While water and on-tool extraction are effective in controlling dust levels in the air during construction, it is important that contractors provide workers with respiratory protection. Construction companies should reduce dust exposure for their employees by ensuring protective equipment is worn correctly. Also, companies should provide protective equipment that fits the workers, and is compatible with the construction equipment on site.
While dust is inevitable in a construction site, construction companies should strive to ensure that they implement dust control measures in the workplace. And with an effective dust control system, then your employees health is improved, equipment remains in good working order. Plus, your business performs better with improved profitability.