Construction Dust and the Importance of Containment
The question of whether or not interior protection is going to be needed for a reroofing or renovation project is often answered with the words “if it is a critical area.” According to any standard dictionary, the word critical has many meanings. In the world of dust and debris containment, we would generally defer to the following definition:
“Having the potential to become disastrous.”
The first scenario that immediately comes to mind when using the word critical is a project that takes place in an environment such as food processing, drug manufacturing or something similar. While we agree with this assessment, we would also suggest that there are a variety of circumstances that can cause a project to have the potential to become disastrous. Critical areas are not limited to food processing facilities.
Take a minute to think about the product, property and people located in the building that is under construction.
What could be disastrous?
What would happen if dust and debris infiltrated the work space? Would you be facing questions by concerned employees? Could your product be affected by the dust and debris? If not, could its dirty appearance be disconcerting to your customer(s)? Is there equipment that could be damaged by dust and debris? Are you able to clean up every day without having to interfere with daily operations?
Any interruptions or disruptions can quickly become critical in any kind of environment. Damage to property or people can cost millions of dollars depending on the situation.
Here are three examples of alternative types of facilities where interior protection can help to prevent potentially disastrous circumstances:
- Retail spaces: In these areas, containment is primarily used to protect inventory and people during reroofing and renovations. Damage to product could include loss of business or cost of replacement. Learn more about how interior protection can help in retail environments.
- Public spaces: Public spaces are often occupied around the clock and cannot afford to close for extended periods of time during a construction project. Dust and debris containment helps to protect expensive recreation equipment, guests and people. Read our case study about Ector County Coliseum and how we helped protect their ice rink during a reroofing project.
- Warehouse/Distribution centers: Dust and debris containment ensures that products being stored and moving through these facilities are protected from damage and are clean when delivered to their final location. After a tornado, TuffWrap helped a beverage company protect their distribution warehouse and keep it functional during an emergency reroof. Read about it here.
As with any project planning, it is better to ask the questions up front and not make assumptions about the level of criticality. Considering interior protection and offering it as a solution allows the customer to determine what they consider potentially disastrous.
To find out how to best protect your facility contact us or call (800) 995-4556.