Construction dust is one of the greatest dangers for construction employees and companies. On top of causing compliance issues, construction dust pollutes the air. As a result, it causes health risks that vary in severity, depending on the dust type and how frequently your employees are exposed. Your construction company probably has adopted a few dust control methods, but are they highly effective? You need solid dust control measures like those from BossTek to ensure you reduce air pollution effectively. This article will walk you through four effective methods to lower air pollution in your construction company.
Leverage surface suppression techniques
Surface suppression means suppressing dust particles at the ground level before they become airborne. Sprinklers, horse pipes, and water trucks in surface suppression wet the ground. That way, dust particles stick together and become heavy such that they are unable to leave the ground and enter the atmosphere. You can use these suppression methods on unpaved roads and bare grounds in the construction companies. To increase the effectiveness of surface suppression, combine water with a surfactant to increase the effectiveness of surface dust control. While sprinklers, hose pipes, and water trucks are effective in surface suppression, they consume a lot of water and cause mud.
Use atomized mist technology to control airborne dust
The atomized mist technology is increasingly popular in the construction industry because it is super effective in controlling airborne dust. Misting cannons leverage atomized mist technology to suppress dust particles. These systems are equipped with powerful booster pumps, robust fan motors, and specially-designed nozzles that work together to produce water droplets in the size range of 50 to 200 microns (atomized mist). Droplets of this size are almost the same as airborne dust particles, enhancing suppression and avoiding the slipstream effect. Atomized mist technology is super-efficient because it uses water sparingly and effectively drops dust particles to the ground. Most misting cannons suppliers offer two options; purchasing or renting the systems. Buy if airborne dust is a daily problem and rent if it’s an occasional problem like during demolition.
Leverage dust-proof walls to prevent the spread of airborne dust
Dust-proof walls are also called partitions. You can use them to enclose the dust source, which traps the particles in one place and prevents them from becoming airborne. This technique is effective because the walls are flexible, meaning that you can use them in different areas on the construction site. However, they may not be the best choice during demolition activities.
Use dust suppression chemicals
You can use chemicals independently to fight dust particles in your construction company. For example, calcium chloride is a good dust suppression chemical that draws moisture from the atmosphere to bind soil particles. However, you can only use this type of dust suppression to control dust on the surface, making it unsuitable for airborne dust suppression. Chemical dust suppression is an excellent mitigation technique. The only problem is that it causes environmental concerns like water pollution during surface runoff.
Lowering air pollution in your construction company doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow the dust suppression methods above to reduce air pollution at your construction site.