Other reasons for greater interest in dust suppression equipment is the increased number of retro and refit projects throughout the country, where a business or industrial facility might keep a portion of its building open and functioning during reconstruction. In those situations, dust containment is necessary to prevent dust exposure to customers and retail goods, or workers and manufacturing equipment. Additionally, contractors understand less dust to clean up on a jobsite results in labor savings.
Choose the right tools
In recent years, equipment manufacturers have added or improved features and mechanisms that help contractors control dust on the jobsite. Saws and drills used in the concrete sawing and drilling industry include water feeds that both keep dust down and cool and lubricate the cutting tool. Tool manufacturers and manufacturers of after-market dust-collection systems have added and/or improved dust shrouds, sleeves, industrial vacuums and other dust control options in recent years.
DeWalt took a unique approach to helping contractors choose safer concrete cutting, drilling, chipping and grinding equipment when it launched its Perform and Protect line in late 2012. These products aren’t necessarily new to the industry, but their inclusion in the Perform and Protect line makes it easier for contractors and safety managers to identify products with heightened safety features.
“Our Perform and Protect brochures are targeted toward safety managers so they can identify our tools that have a better level of protection for torque management, vibration control and dust suppression,” Beck says. Introduction of the line, which will be launched globally at Bauma in Germany in April, includes a comprehensive website describing the tools and their technologies and special Perform and Protect branding that makes the products easy to identify.
Despite unknown limits on the forthcoming regulation on permissible jobsite silica exposure, a tightening of these rules seems eminent. Manufacturers of dust containment and dust suppression products are meeting the industry’s call for cleaner jobsites with new equipment and product technologies.
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