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New OSHA Rule for Containing Dangerous Silica Dust

Can a good Vacuum Save Your Life?

New OSHA Rule for Containing Dangerous Silica Dust

It starts with shortness of breath after exercising and a harsh, dry cough. As it progresses, you may have more trouble breathing and may even cough up blood. It can lead to congestive heart failure, giving your nails a bluish tint. In advanced stages, it shows itself as chest pain, hoarseness, and loss of appetite.

Silicosis is a serious respiratory disease and serious risk for many in the construction and industrial occupations. Sometimes referred to as Stone Mason’s Disease due to its prevalence for centuries among those who built the great cathedrals of Europe, silicosis is caused by prolonged exposure to silica dust, a common component in concrete, stone, ceramics, and other industrial materials. Silica is one of the most common minerals on earth and products containing it are the core of modern industry.

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While visible dust is an indicator of this dangerous mineral, it is the microscopic dust you cannot see that leads to silicosis. Our body is well adapted at filtering out the larger particles, but not the submicron silicosis-causing dust. This is why dust control on the jobsite is so vital.

 

Silicosis occurs when we breathe the microscopic dust our respiratory system cannot filter out. This “respirable dust” migrates into our lungs and causes inflammation and scarring in the small air sacs where the blood absorbs oxygen. This inflammation not only reduces lung capacity, causing shortness of breath, but can also lead to tuberculosis and cancer.

 

New OSHA Rule for Containing Dangerous Silica Dust

To protect exposed workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted a new Silica Rule in 2016. This rule sets the “permissible exposure levels” (PEL) for silica exposure on the jobsite at no more than 50 micrograms per square meter of air in an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA). However, the employer must take action when levels exceed 25 micrograms. By comparison, a honey bee’s brain weighs 1000 micrograms.

OSHA’s new Silica Rule mandates a dust collection system with a filter cleaning mechanism and which is able to capture 99% of the dust. Furthermore, a HEPA rated vacuum (99.97% efficiency at capturing particles greater than .3 microns) is required for dry cleanup work.

For construction, OSHA has provided a two-track system of compliance. The first and most simple is Table 1. This table lists the most common construction-related tasks where silica exposure is most likely to occur and gives the method and personal protective measure levels required to meet the PEL. If you use the designated method, no further action is required. Dustless makes a line of dust collection shrouds for grinders and drills that meet this simpler, Table 1 requirement when used with a vacuum designed to contain the collected dust.

Dustless HEPA Wet Dry Vacuum for Silica Dust

Dustless Technologies manufactures an entire line of vacuums that meet this requirement, from the 80 CFM, 2.5 gallon HEPA Backpack Vacuum to the Wet/Dry DustlessVac and HEPA Wet/Dry DustlessVac, to the 300 and 600 CFM Dust Droid (also with HEPA filtration). When water dust suppression is required by Table 1, the Slurry Vac and Wet/Dry and HEPA Vacs are ideal to clean up the resulting slurry.

While the $12,470 fine for each serious offense is enough to get the attention of any contractor, the health, safety and productivity of you and your team can have an even bigger impact on your business in the long run.

Visit http://www.dustlesstools.com/ or contact one of our customer service representatives at (800) 568-3949 to learn more about OSHA’s Silica Rule and how we can help you achieve a truly Dustless and OSHA-compliant workplace.

 

Use our new Interactive OSHA Silica Rule Compliance Tool to quickly find the most cost-effective way to comply using our vacuums and universal-fit shrouds.

DTadmin in Dustless Products,HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum on October 10 2016 » comments are closed

Keep the Home Fires Burning Where They Should Be – Love-Less Ash Vacs and Fireplace Safety

Lady warm and relaxed by the fireplace.Tis the season! As the temperatures drop and your friendly neighborhood stores start filling their shelves with toys and gigantic blow-up snow globes, there is nothing like sitting in front of a cheery fire on a cold winter evening, snuggled in your favorite blanket, cradling a steaming mug of your favorite hot drink as your car-sized snow globe hums peacefully in the front yard. However, few of us envy the job of cleaning the fireplace the next morning.

Fireplaces and wood stoves are making a comeback, especially with the development of the modern high-efficiency pellet and wood burning stoves. These high-tech stoves use convection and forced air to ensure more efficient burning, resulting in less ash and soot. The problem is that what ash is left is very fine and will readily take flight as you try to scoop it out of your stove and will quickly clog or blow right through most conventional and shop vacuums.

Vacuum on fireHowever, while dust on your knick-knacks is an annoyance, and ash in your lungs is a health hazard, a much more immediate danger in using a conventional household or shop vacuum to clean your stove has to do with the stray sparks or embers hidden in, and which may stay alive for up to two weeks in that harmless-looking pile of ash.

As a Boy Scout, I remember cradling a spark in a bundle of shredded bark and blowing on it to get it to ignite. A vacuum’s airflow would have made my job much easier. Similarly, the inside of your vacuum is a veritable windstorm. Add unburned charcoal or wood pellets, sawdust from your last woodshop project, or even carpet fuzz stuck in your very flammable paper filter, and you have a recipe for disaster.

cleaning fireplace with shovelWe often hear people extol the virtues of their shop vacuums for cleaning out their stoves and grills. While they may be effective (assuming their filtration system actually does more than helping the ash take flight), the risk of fire cannot be understated. These vacuums are often not made from fire or heat-resistant materials and the filters are often made from paper or polyester, both of which are extremely flammable. Furthermore, even if your filter does not catch fire, a single spark can render even the best filter useless.

“My shovel and metal bucket work just fine,” you say. While a shovel and metal bucket are well adapted to handle hot coals, they are terrible at containing the fine ash. Mike Loveless, the founder of Love-Less Ash Company, was faced with this dilemma almost 30 years ago. His goal was to alleviate his wife’s consternation at his son’s soot-covered hands, feet, and clothes as he crawled through the ashes that spread throughout the house as he cleaned his stove. The result was the world’s first ash vacuum.

loveless ash vacsAs a mechanic at a coal-fired power plant, Mike knew the dangers of fire and dust well and understood how to prevent the risk of a stray spark igniting a serious fire. He built his ash vacuums from fire-resistant materials – steel canisters, metal hoses, fire resistant filters, and motor housings. He also understood the nature of ash and how it differs from normal dust. Armed with this knowledge, he built a vacuum that could stand up to the task of containing warm to cold ash, while not catching fire should a stray hot coal find its way inside the vacuum.

Love-Less Ash Company continues Mike’s tradition, using the same methods and quality materials in its current line of Love-Less Ash Vacs®. From the top-of-the-line American-made Cougar Plus, with its powerful and quiet bypass motor, which ensures that the heat from the ash in the canister does not go through the motor, which can cause it to overheat, to its economically-priced but powerful HEPA-filtered Lynx Ash Vac®, to its Dustless Technologies Pit Hawg Barbecue and Patio Ash Vac®, Love-Less Ash Company continues its tradition of helping you to safely and effectively remove and contain all the ash from your fireplace, wood stove, grill, smoker, coal stove, or any other place where warm to cold ash collects.

ash vac cleaning  fireplaceAdditionally, each Love-Less Ash Vac® is equipped with a filter cleaning system that allows you to restore suction without having to open the vacuum lid should the filters get clogged, preventing the ash you worked so hard to collect inside from floating freely into your household air.

Backed by its industry-leading 3 year warranty and world-class customer service, Love-Less Ash Company continues to be the leader in high-quality ash vacuums, beating the competition in almost every performance factor in head-to-head tests.

Visit our site at www.lovelessash.com or call us at 800-568-3949 to find where you can pick up your new Love-Less Ash Vac®.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 10 2016 » comments are closed

Gerstman and Associates – New Manufacturers’ Representative

Dustless Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerstman and Associates as the exclusive manufacturers representative in the NE states, covering NY, VT, ME, NH, MA, CT, RI, Metro NY and Northern NJ. Gerstman will handle the full line of Dustless products including professional grade dust extractors, Wet+Dry HEPA vacuums, sanders and dust shrouds for cutting, grinding, drilling and sanding applications.

Bill Vain, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, “We’re excited about having Gerstman on board. They bring 30 years of experience working with construction equipment dealers, and have a sterling track record of delivering outstanding service to their customers. With pending OSHA Silica Guidelines looming large, the demand for dust control systems is growing rapidly, and the extra resources Gerstman brings to bear, will help us stay abreast of our customers’ needs.”

If you have any questions please feel free to contact any one of our exceptional sales team at 435 637 5885. Harvey Gerstman Associates can be reached at 516 594 4400

DTadmin in Dustless Products on February 09 2016 » comments are closed

Hayden and Associates – New Manufacturers Representative

Dustless Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of Hayden and Associates as our new manufacturers representative in the Mid-Atlantic States. Hayden and Associates brings a level of experience and professionalism to our partners and customers which will be influential in executing market share development in the region. For more information please contact Dustless Technologies at 435-637-5885. Hayden and Associates can be reached at 610-356-8364.

DTadmin in Dustless Products on December 10 2015 » comments are closed

Sharper Edge Sales Supporting Home Depot

Price, UT

Dustless Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharper Edge Sales as our new representation supporting Home Depot. Sharper Edge Sales will be working closely with our management team to support our line within Home Depot. At current Dustless Technologies has several product offerings available through a limited number of Home Depot locations. These products include a 3 in 1 HEPA Vacuum, 5” and 7” Dust Shrouds and our micro pre-filter Wunderbag. Dustless Technologies looks forward to the addition of our new partner and supporting the future development of the Home Depot relationship.

DTadmin in Dustless Products on December 02 2015 » 0 comments

Cleaning Ash Vacuum Inner & Outer Filters

The AshVac Filter Package (Part #2F22) comes with an inner and outer filter and fits our MU305, MU405 and A0500 ash vacuums. Here is some important information concerning the maintenance of these filters.

The outer filter CANNOT be washed — it is made of fiberglass and treated with a chemical.

1. Use an “air compressor” and a blower nozzle to clean
2. Use an external vacuum to pull the ash off the filter.

The inner filter CAN be washed with soap and water … please make certain it is completely dry before using.

For more information on the AshVac Filter Package, click HERE.

DTadmin in Dustless Products on November 07 2014 » 0 comments

Ash Vac Burn Test

We received an email from one of our AshVac dealers explaining how he shows his customers that the Love-Less Ash Vac won’t catch fire. Although we don’t recommend trying this yourself, we just had to share it. Here is what he said.

 

“I tell my customers that the Ash Vac won’t catch fire, so one day, I had a customer sitting in my shop, I grabbed a Vac. He asked me what I was doing? I told him , “I tell everyone these won’t catch fire, so I’m going to suck the fire out of this stove.” He thought I was crazy, but had to see for myself. I opened the pellet stove & started sucking out the BURNING PELLETS. The hose got so hot, I dropped it on the floor. I took the cover off the Vac, & noticed the outside filter had some charring & a few red embers. The filter DIDN’T catch fire! I have the filter on display & tell this to everyone that burns PELLETS.It has helped me make sales. Thanks for such a great product to offer my customers.”

 

Remember, our ash vacuums are designed to remove warm-to-cold ash ONLY, but a demonstration like this shows how sturdy they really are.

 

If you’d like more information on our line of AshVacs, please check out our AshVac page HERE.

DTadmin in Dustless Products on September 04 2014 » 0 comments

Wet+Dry Vacuum Lid Clip Failure

Recently, it has come to our attention that the clips (part # 12551) that hold down the lids to our wet/dry vacuums are failing in some cases.

We have recently redesigned the lids to offer an improved opportunity to secure the clips. In the event you break the clips during installation, we will replace them at no charge. We apologize for any and all inconveniences this has caused. Please contact us via phone or through our contact page, if you have experienced this issue. For contact information, look in the Support->Contact Us menu.

Here is a link to instructions for placing the clips on our vacuum lids:

Clip Placement Instructions

DTadmin in Dustless Products on August 30 2014 » 0 comments

DiscBuddie Customer Feedback

We just received this feedback from a customer who purchased a DiscBuddie dust shroud (part # D1000) for handheld tools. We thought we should share it. Looks like the DiscBuddie is making his work a lot easier.

 

This is a -WONDERFUL- piece of equipment.

I’m taking a barrier coat off of a 30ft sailboat in FL and, if it weren’t for this shroud, I would have to walk around and clean about a dozen boats at the end of each day. The shroud makes me happy, the yard happy, and all the other boat owners! I’ve only used it for a few hours so far, but the dust collection is superb and makes the job a lot cleaner/easier. Thanks. I told the yard to buy 5 of them and rent them out, don’t know if they’ll follow through or not :)

 

If you’re interested in finding out more, please check out our DiscBuddie page HERE.

DTadmin in Dustless Products on May 16 2014 » 0 comments

Dustcontrol Dust Extractor Workshop – You’re Invited

Join us at our workshop for the new Dustcontrol product line!! Mark your calendar for May 21st at our Temecula facility.
DTadmin in Dustless Products on April 30 2014 » 0 comments
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