While you may be focused on grinders and polishers for your next surface prep job, vacuums, pre-separators and air scrubbers cannot be forgotten. DiamaPro Systems and Lavina offer dust collection equipment and accessories that are extremely important in maintaining a healthy and safe work environment during your floor preparation process.
OSHA Silica Standard
The dust created during the concrete grinding process could be hazardous to the operator and bystanders. According to OSHA's 2017 ruling on crystalline silica exposure, and under the new silica standards, workers are limited to a permissible exposure level (PEL) of 50 micrograms or respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air over an eight-hour period. Employers are required to take measures to limit workers' silica dust exposure and provide training for workers about the hazards of silica dust and how to limit exposure.
There are many resources online that help explain the rule and how to be in compliance - visit https://www.osha.gov/silica-crystalline.
To limit exposure to silica dust during concrete grinding, contractors should implement one or more of the following methods: