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Control your dustiny

Véro­­­­­­­nique Le Provost, North America Sales Mana­­­­­­­ger at Arden Equip­­­­­­­ment, discusses dust control. 

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Demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion : New health issues for profes­­­­­­­sio­­­­­­­nals on outside demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion sites

Last summer massive heat waves hit everyw­­­­­­­here on the globe which made it diffi­­­­­­­cult to breathe for the popu­­­­­­­la­­­­­­­tion but even more so for people working on construc­­­­­­­tion and/or demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion sites. Howe­­­­­­­ver harsh these condi­­­­­­­tions they have yet to be coupled with the issue of silica dust. Fortu­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­tely solu­­­­­­­tions have been deve­­­­­­­lo­­­­­­­ped and water still repre­­­­­­­sents the most satis­­­­­­­fac­­­­­­­tory alter­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­tive for both problems : drink it to hydrate and sprinkle it to reduce dust emis­­­­­­­sion. Simple enough one would say. But with such intense heat inevi­­­­­­­ta­­­­­­­bly comes water restric­­­­­­­tions. It is there­­­­­­­fore impor­­­­­­­tant to be able to limit water use while achie­­­­­­­ving maxi­­­­­­­mum dust protec­­­­­­­tion for workers on demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion sites.

Dust control : A more and more chal­­­­­­­len­­­­­­­ging issue for contrac­­­­­­­tors

Every year hundreds of construc­­­­­­­tion workers contract or die from respi­­­­­­­ra­­­­­­­tory diseases rela­­­­­­­ted to silica dust. Fede­­­­­­­ral and State autho­­­­­­­ri­­­­­­­ties have set up new regu­­­­­­­la­­­­­­­tions to help reduce risks, enfor­­­­­­­cing new stan­­­­­­­dards and in some cases fines can be heavy for non-compliance which could lead to major risks for compa­­­­­­­nies. In addi­­­­­­­tion most bid spon­­­­­­­sors now also include speci­­­­­­­fic demands about dust control along with envi­­­­­­­ron­­­­­­­men­­­­­­­tal care. Dust control is no longer just a safety and health issue, it has now become a stra­­­­­­­te­­­­­­­gic issue to gain a compe­­­­­­­ti­­­­­­­tive edge.

Solu­­­­­­­tions exist

Fortu­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­tely contrac­­­­­­­tors haven’t been waiting for new laws to protect their workers and be envi­­­­­­­ron­­­­­­­men­­­­­­­tally friendly. The most stan­­­­­­­dard and effec­­­­­­­tive solu­­­­­­­tion to control dust on outside demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion sites consists in spraying water on the job site. A worker holding a hose in the demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion area or any other inde­­­­­­­pendent device spraying water such as water canons are the two basic ways usually used to reduce dust. Howe­­­­­­­ver, these rather tradi­­­­­­­tio­­­­­­­nal solu­­­­­­­tions have their own limits : when wind is blowing, when working at height with high reach machines, when visi­­­­­­­bi­­­­­­­lity from the cabin is limi­­­­­­­ted, when water is conta­­­­­­­mi­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­ted with oil, when cost for new equip­­­­­­­ments is too high or even when water is restric­­­­­­­ted to cite the most common ones. A much modern alter­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­tive already exists on the market : the ARDEN JET.

Modern solu­­­­­­­tion for modern demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion

Would you like your driver to focus on his demo­­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­­tion job, not on the worker with the hose situa­­­­­­­­ted in the danger zone ? Would you like to save on water volume and water treat­­­­­­­­ment ? On main­­­­­­­­te­­­­­­­­nance costs ? Would you like to be more envi­­­­­­­­ron­­­­­­­­men­­­­­­­­tally friendly, more cost-effec­­­­­­­­tive ? Would you like to surpass your compe­­­­­­­­ti­­­­­­­­tors ? If you‘ve ticked at least once then the Arden Jet solu­­­­­­­­tion could help you achieve it. With 5 natio­­­­­­­­nal and inter­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­­tio­­­­­­­­nal awards, the Arden Jet has already convin­­­­­­­­ced a lot of people!

The Arden Jet is the first high pres­­­­­­­­sure water spraying system factory-fitted inside a demo­­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­­tion equip­­­­­­­­ment.

Thank you to all the people who kindly helped me with this article by sharing their expe­­­­­­­­riences about dust control. Special thanks to Jermaine Jennings, Zack Taylor, Jerry Stobaugh, Vincent Mastria, Pete Magin­­­­­­­­nis, Steve S., Malcom D. Jacobs, Juan Ivanoff and my apolo­­­­­­­­gies to those I haven’t mentio­­­­­­­­ned.

By Véro­­­­­­nique LE PROVOST

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