Construction dust is an all-encompassing term to the describe the small, dry, solid particles found on construction sites. This dust is generated by work processes and can also happen naturally, especially in windy conditions. It is important to keep construction dust under control because airborne dust can contribute to air pollution, might limit visibility, and can jeopardize your health
Small dust particle sizes, in particular, can pass through the nose and throat to reach the deepest parts of the lungs, which can cause the most serious lunch injury. Regularly inhaling can result in lung diseases like silicosis, coal pneumoconiosis, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
How to Keep Construction Dust Under Control
Construction dust is controlled most effectively when there are dust control methods and processes in place to minimize how much dust will be generated during operations. Some job sites also require containment and ventilation procedures to keep dust at safe levels. Below are some construction dust control methods and measures that keep harmful dust to a minimum at job sites.
- Identify fugitive dust sources. Identifying all fugitive dust sources is your first step towards preventing and reducing airborne dust.
- Develop a plan. Make sure to include dust control methods, an application schedule, and application rates. For more resources on dust control plans, see this post: Dust Control Resources.
- Use dust suppressants. Many construction sites rely on water to keep dust down. Dust control chemicals could work better and for longer. Work with a dust control company to identify the best dust suppressant for your needs.
- Reduce speed. Faster-moving vehicles kick up more dust than slower vehicles. Implement speed limits and take any other precautions. Visit this post to learn more about how to control dust on roads: How To Control Dust on Gravel and Dirt Roads.
- Limit soil disturbance. Minimize the area that will be disturbed during construction at any given time.
- Use vegetation. Look for opportunities to maintain existing vegetation and plant new vegetation. This will limit the amount of bare soil exposed to wind and will therefore help reduce dust.
- Use a dust collection system. Some job sites will require a dust collection system to keep airborne dust at safe levels, in addition to other preventative, dust control management processes.
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