Silica Dust and Temporary Walls
In September 2017, OSHA began enforcing its new standard for construction that focuses on controlling silica dust, specifically respirable silica. The details of the standard and how to address it can be found in OSHA’s compliance guide: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3902.pdf Respirable silica is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. If it is inhaled by workers, it can increase their risk for developing serious silica-related diseases.
More can be found about respirable silica on OSHA’s website: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/
Even prior to the introduction of this standard, temporary walls and/or enclosures were regularly required for construction in facilities to contain dust during floor work. A facility can require floor work for a variety of reasons, and it often requires having to cut concrete. It has always been important for everyone involved in these types of projects to ensure that concrete dust doesn’t migrate.
While temporary walls cannot address workers’ direct contact with silica dust, using interior protection can help protect the remainder of the facility and its contents from being exposed to it. Depending on the nature of the project, an interior protection provider can install strategically placed walls or total enclosures to aid in the overall safety of the project.
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