When inhaled, silica dust (dust derived from rock material like quartz, sand, concrete, etc.) can cause serious health problems including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Let’s take a closer look at silica dust and what you can do reduce or eliminate its effects in the workplace.
What is Crystalline Silica?
Silica is a common mineral that can be found in various places such as landscaping equipment, construction sites, public work projects, masonry work, concrete, and road work. The dust is formed when construction workers are cutting, grinding, or drilling into any of these materials. When the particles are shaken up by this type of activity, they can become airborne in the form of dust. The dust is not visible to the naked eye, but it can build up in a short period once construction work begins.
Silicosis and Other Health Hazards
About 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to Silica at work. If inhaled over time, silica can become increasingly dangerous. In addition to COPD, it can also cause a condition known as silicosis, a potentially fatal lung disease. When one of your workers inhales silica, the lungs begin to form nodules that create scars due to the particles trapped inside. As the nodules grow, they block air passage and make it more difficult to breathe. Silica is also linked to lung cancer, and kidney disease.
Due to the dangers of Silica in the body, OSHA has issued two new regulation for construction, general industry, and maritime jobs where workers are exposed to Silica. OSHA will enforcethe standards on September 23, 2017, and will begin enforcing the standards for general industry and maritime in June of 2018.
The Solution: Silica Dust Collection
We carry Bosch dust collection systems. Our systems meet or exceed all OSHA standards and are designed for maximum dust removal. All speed clean bits are code approved and can be used in almost any environment where silica dust is present. Dust extractors can remove up to 95% of all the dust in the area regardless of the workplace. We have dust collection tools of all sizes for both large and small jobs.
The Benefits of Silica Dust Collection
There are several advantages to invest in dust collection systems for your entire team.
● A healthier work environment
● Reduces cleanup, thus, making the job site cleaner
● Work can be accomplished more efficiently
● Less dust in the area equals improved vision
● Our silica dust collection systems last a long time
MC Tool & Safety Can Make Your Job Site Healthier
At MC Tool & Safety we are committed to helping companies throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota provide safer and healthier work sites for their employees. We provide the most dependable and highest quality dust collection systems on the market today. Call us at 1-888-206-2569 or request a quote online for ordering your equipment. We are your most trusted industrial equipment supplier.