Proper Dust Containment

August 22nd, 2014 General

Dust containment during construction plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of employees as well as the functioning of machinery.  Construction work can create a lot of dust that can lead to fungal aerosol pollution.  If not properly contained, this pollution may infect office workers, causing illness. Machinery contaminated by dust means more downtime for maintenance work and less productivity with a reduction in functioning longevity. In order to prevent work hazards from happening, dust containment must always be a priority when considering construction work in a business setting.

Planning: Prevention is vital when undertaking a large construction project. Before any construction starts, a risk management system that addresses the liableness of the construction work involved, specifically with regards to dust containment, should be created to ensure job satisfaction and safety. By planning out policies for the arranged construction work and planning for dust containment as part of the estimated costs for construction, a company safeguards its employees and machinery from lack of prepared materials and takes the right measures to prevent dust contamination.

Isolation: Dust containment begins with keeping a construction area properly isolated, even before the construction work starts. Barriers used to completely cover the work zone area, as well as areas employees occupy, restrict dust contamination from occurring and allow the office employees to safely fulfill their duties in a secured environment. TuffWrap offers several products that provide the appropriate amount of isolation coverage for construction work. Whether a small space needs isolation or full enclosures require covering for large construction operations, TuffWrap can contain the area properly.

Ventilation: When dust pollution circulates in the air, the immune systems of office workers are at risk of illness and extended health problems, including sick building syndrome (SBS), which may be caused by improper dust containment. SBS is described as an uncomfortable work environment where employees experience general health problems over an extended period of time in a building. Construction work in a building may be lengthy and can easily account for cases of SBS well after the work is completed due to poor ventilation techniques during construction. According to the World Health Organization, a significant percentage of new work buildings become at risk for SBS because of faulty ventilation techniques used to contain air borne pathogens and prevention of adequate air circulation. Because isolation techniques affect ventilation, it is important to have a proper plan of action set in place for the isolated areas being properly ventilated while under construction.

All construction projects in the workplace, from one room renovations to large scale demolitions, need to take dust containment into consideration. The hazards of ruining office equipment or endangering the health of office employees are too great to ignore.

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