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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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