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.
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.
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.
“Tools of the Trade” will be publishing a video of the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum on their web site.
After recent exposure from the National Hardware Show, Tools of the Trade came by and video taped Darren with the Dustless Technologies’ HEPA Full Unit Certified Wet/Dry Vacuum. He showcased the products and explained the benefits to this system versus a traditional HEPA vacuum. One of the main features is the WunderBag technology – a micro-prefilter protects the primary HEPA filter. This reduces cost and saves the contractor money on the job since you don’t have to change the HEPA filter as often as other systems.
Another nice feature of the unit is it is “full unit certified.” Many units on the market are HEPA approved because of the filter, but they are not full unit certified. It’s nice to have the peace of mind that the entire unit is fully certified. Check out the video below to learn more about the benefits of owning a Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum. The unit also allows you to switch immediately from dry to wet without damaging any filters. Even Tools of the Trade will agree, it’s a great choice for anyone concerned with dust containment.
Remodeling Magazine, featuring the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum
Dustless Technologies HEPA Vacuum Featured in Remodeling Magazine as a Greed Product.
Hanley Wood has been rated as the #1 media company covering the construction industry. Recently in the May 2012 issue, Remodeling Magazine included an article about the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum as a green product. This magazine group has been around for almost forty years and the editors and staff cover wall-to-wall topics and offer in depth knowledge of the construction and hardware industry.
The Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum is an extraordinary fit for any construction guru, especially those that perform EPA RRP work and require a full unit certified vacuum. The most intriguing thing about the product is the WunderBag™ Micro Pre-filter that extends the life of the expensive primary HEPA filter. There is a protective wall/baffle inside the canister that protects the internal HEPA filter from getting wet. The vacuum is able to go directly from dry to wet operation without harming or changing any filters. There is no dust that goes airborne when using the vacuum because it is designed to be air tight.
For more information on the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum, visit the HEPA Vacuum page on their web site. For more information on the Handly Wood Remodeling Magazine, click here.
Handyman Club of America Contractors and Members Give Keen Reviews about the Dustless Technologies 16 Gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum
Dustless Technologies submitted their 16 gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum to several Handyman Club of America contractors and members for a thorough test on the product. All products tested for the Handyman Seal of Approval go through rigid test criteria on performance, quality, design, easy of use, durability, size, versatility, power, convenience and rating against similar products. The results are in and the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum has been given a high overall approval rating of 9.3 (out of 10), with a 100% of the testers recommending the product.
Handyman Club of America, associated with Handy Magazine, has been an organization of contractors, remodeling professionals, as well as do-it-yourselfers, testing products for several years. The Handyman Seal of Approval is a prestigious seal offered on products that meet stringent standards based on feedback from the members. The members rate and review the product based on their own experience with the product.
All of the contractors and members agreed that the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum works well with overall job site dust containment. A drywall professional, Andrew Ramsey of Maine, tested the product and stated, “A must for ANYONE doing drywall work because of the incredible dust collection when sanding. The vacuum also exhibited amazing use when used as a ‘wet vac’ to clean off water saw dust.” Steve Edge, a remodeling professional out of North Carolina, commented on how dust-free the system is by saying, “If you remodel and work inside of people’s homes, this is a must have tool. It will pay for itself on the first job, NO DUST TO CLEAN. This is not a shop vac, it’s a Dustless system.” Jason Hall, a do-it-yourselfer from Illinois, really liked the fact that compared to other vacuums, there is no fine dust to cleanup after the fact. He stated, “I recommend this product anytime dust is a concern. It does what it is suppose to do. This product eliminates that fine film of dust that you get when you use other similar vacs on fine dust made by wood, plaster, drywall mud, etc.”
As you can see from the contractor and member feedback above, the Dustless Technologies HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum is a must-have for anyone looking to have a cleaner and safer work area with projects such as drywall sanding, wood sanding and cutting/routing applications. For more information on a full line of dustless products and accessories, visit DustlessTools.com. For more information on the Handyman Seal of Approval, visit HandymanClub.com.
Dustless Technologies is spreading awareness and prevention of lead poisoning with proper EPA RRP certified products.
Dustless Technologies, an innovative dust control solutions manufacturing company located in Price, Utah, is working to help spread awareness and prevent lead poisoning. Dustless Technologies believes education regarding lead poisoning is important. Contractors and renovators should try to use only certified tools. The Utah-based company currently manufactures a HEPA full unit certified vacuum. In conjunction with the HEPA vacuum, Dustless Technologies has several shroud accessories that meet the EPA RRP regulation while undergoing remodeling or construction on homes built pre-1978.
Lead is very dangerous and can be life threatening. Only EPA RRP certified tools, like the Dustless Technologies HEPA Vacuum, can keep you from lead contamination.
According to reports, more than 80,000,000 homes were built and painted before the 1978 ban. With this staggering statistic, it is vital everyone becomes aware of one of the most epidemic environmental hazards. Lead dust is currently the most common way children are exposed to lead. The remodeling and renovating industry, which includes the EPA’s RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) rule, has very stringent standards on contractors and manufacturers of products that work with lead.
The big advantage of the Dustless Technologies HEPA full unit certified vacuum is the Wunderbag™ Micro Pre-Filter which extends the life of the internal HEPA filter. The outer micro pre-filter is an inexpensive, disposable filter that captures a vast majority of dust before it reaches the more expensive internal HEPA filter. With the external Wunderbag filter capturing 99% of the dust, it only leaves the tiny microscopic particles for the HEPA filter to capture. This is a major cost savings for the HEPA filter since the external Wunderbag is initially filtering most of the dust.
Dustless Technologies also offers several different point-of-origin dust collection tools to comply with EPA RRP regulations covering lead paint removal. Any renovation contractor working with lead paint is required to use point-of-origin tools along with a HEPA certified vacuum. Dustless Technologies offers several point-of-origin dust shrouds and accessories to complement the HEPA full unit certified vacuum for lead paint removal.
Lead affects every organ and system in the body. For children, some of the long term health effects include: brain/nerve damage, stunted growth, kidney/liver damage and digestive issues. There are many ways that lead exposure can be prevented altogether including education and the use of proper certified tools. For more information on HEPA, EPA RRP dust control solutions, visit our web site.
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.
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.
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