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New Dust Collection Systems Help Industry Stay in Compliance With OSHA's Silica Rule

Wed February 28, 2018 - National Edition
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As industry professionals work to comply with the rule, many companies have rolled out new and updated products to help keep dust levels down and workers safe.
As industry professionals work to comply with the rule, many companies have rolled out new and updated products to help keep dust levels down and workers safe.
As industry professionals work to comply with the rule, many companies have rolled out new and updated products to help keep dust levels down and workers safe. The dust collection system requires 40 scfm for hydraulically powered drills and 50 scfm for pneumatically powered units, and 60 to 110 psi.
ER 1500 cutter heads are designed to provide optimum cutting power at the recommended rotation speed of 75 rpm.
Masonry contractors know how much dust flies when dry cutting bricks and blocks. That is why Husqvarna has developed a new dry cutting vac attachment for our popular masonry saw, the MS 360 (available in both gas and electric versions). Contractors can now make dry cuts cleanly with the new MS 360 Vac Attachment.
The CP spray kit complies with OSHA’s Table 1 of engineering and work practice control methods on CP’s handheld breakers, rivet busters and chipping hammers.

On Sept. 23, 2017, OSHA began enforcing its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard in the construction industry.

As industry professionals work to comply with the rule, many companies have rolled out new and updated products to help keep dust levels down and workers safe, including these:

Retrofit Dust Suppression Spray Kit

This kit from Atlas Copco is made for handheld tools, and can be attached to the company's handheld breaker, rivet buster or chipping hammer. When used with these types of equipment, the kit is in compliance with OSHA's Table 1.

“We answered the silica rule with a simple, user-friendly design that is cost effective, works with a multitude of tools, does not interfere with operating tasks and protects workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica,” said Atlas Copco Product Manager Haile Tsegaw.

Dust Collection System

Showcased at World of Concrete 2017, Minnich Manufacturing's dust collection system meets the requirement for dowel-pin drills in OSHA's Table 1 when it is used with the correct filter. The system can be retrofitted to the company's on-grade, on-slab, machine-mounted or utility drill model, as well as to other dowel pin models.

“The final silica rule is a complex challenge for contractors. We're here to help,” said Rob Minnich, vice president of marketing at Minnich Manufacturing.

Drum Cutter with Integrated Dust Collection System

Epiroc AB's ER 1500 drum cutter excavator attachment has an integrated dust collection system to help workers meet OSHA's silica dust requirements. The attachment places water jets close to the working area to insure the spray covers the dust, while still giving the operator ease of control.

MS 360 Vac Attachment

From Husqvarna, this attachment collects dust immediately as it is produced. “The addition of the vac attachment makes it possible to cut dry. We developed the attachment to be as easy-to-use and to be as effective as possible when collecting dust,” said Jamie Krueger, Product Manager for Masonry equipment.

Retrofit Spray Kit from Chicago Pneumatic

Chicago Pneumatic's 36-in. retrofit can be used with any size tool from the company. The affordable kit easily connects to any garden hose, and allows operators to comply with OSHA's crystalline silica rule.