Watch the Dust – Dust to Glory
Have you ever found yourself coughing incessantly while working on construction projects? You could be breathing in dangerous amounts of construction dust, and even when you leave the site, you could bring home that dust and unintentionally have your family members breathe in these toxic chemicals. To combat all the dust that surfaces at the job site, consider renting a water truck, to help decrease the amount of construction dust you’re bound to cause due to cutting, drilling, and sandblasting.
Types of Dust:
- Silica dust: A natural mineral, silica exists in common construction materials, including cement, concrete, and mortar. Silica dust occurs once the material undergoes a significant change, such as cutting, drilling, grinding, and sandblasting materials like granite, sand, and sandstone. It is the most dangerous dust.
- Non-silica dust: Some construction projects don’t have silica present or have silica in minimal amounts, thus resulting in lower toxicity. The material where this type of dust is present includes cement, dolomite, gypsum (plasterboard), limestone, and marble.
- Wood dust: This type of dust surfaces when you work mainly on hardwood and softwood. Other wood-based products include chipboard, MDF, and plywood. Carpenters are under the highest risk for wood dust inhalation.
Fine dust particles are dangerous, especially if they’re silica dust particles. Once inhaled, the dust can reduce your lung capacity, increase overall strain on your heart, and cause a variety of diseases. You may also experience irritation in your eyes, nose, throat, skin, and lungs. Dust can also cause or exacerbate asthma. The most serious long-term issue involves the respiratory system. Even if your nose and lungs can catch some of the irritants, once they settle in the deepest recesses of your lungs, it can damage the surrounding tissue. Although some diseases come on quickly, most take a long time. If you don’t catch the damage early on, it becomes more difficult to treat. Not only is construction dust detrimental to you as a worker, but it wreaks havoc on construction equipment. Once your pieces of equipment take on significant amounts of dust, you must maintain the equipment more frequently due to engine wear. As a result, overall operating costs rise. If the engine comes into contact with the dust, you may experience engine failure, particularly if it’s a gasoline-powered piece of equipment. Often, the concrete dust gets past the air filter system and encounters the engine cylinder, causing wear and tear on the piston and cylinder.
Prevention can be done in many ways, If your work involves being outside, you also need to wear a mask. While the wind has some effect on the dust level created, you may partake in tasks that have you working close to the tools that create the dust. As a result, you can still breathe in quite a bit of harmful dust. Laying down mulch and vegetation is another option, as it controls dust and erosion. After you water the area to get it established, you don’t need to tend to it. Polymers are another resource that you apply on soil and then spray with water trucks. With indoor projects, you should always try to barricade off the area or tape down areas to prevent dust from accumulating. Use dust-abatement technology to keep dust levels down, as well as wet saws and dust collectors to keep harmful levels of dust away