DANGERS OF CRYSTALLINE SILICA DUST FROM TRADITIONAL TILE REMOVAL
While silica has many valuable uses, it can also present a danger when workers are exposed to excessive amounts of crystalline silica dust. In fact, each year there are hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses attributed to harmful exposures to silica dust.
Crystalline silica is a naturally occurring substance used in a wide variety of industries and construction operations. It is also a common additive in food and pharmaceutical applications. While silica has many valuable uses, it can also present a danger when workers are exposed to excessive amounts of crystalline silica dust. In fact, each year there are hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses attributed to harmful exposures to silica dust.
Prevent harmful exposure TOO Silica Dust
OSHA has developed regulations for general industry, maritime operations, and the construction industry.
• Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.
• OSHA Regulation 1910.1053 for General Industry and Maritime operations.
• OSHA Construction Regulation 1926.1153 for Construction Industry.
• How exposure to crystalline silica affects the human body.
• What requirements must be implemented by organizations under the OSHA silica standards.
• What engineering controls and work practice controls are used to limit exposure.
• Which types of respiratory protection provide protection from silica dust.
• What information can be found in Table 1 of the Construction Regulation.
Check out other locations we are currently servicing or areas where we are looking for new contractors: If so, you should talk to your flooring contractor about obtaining the patented dust free DustRam® System invented by Jack King. This system has been in continuous development and consists of multiple components, some of which are 3-D printed in-house. Here is a video showing how even the design of the DustRam® is superior to other flooring removal tools:
If your flooring store, flooring installer, or tile removal company is NOT using this system, then you can expect your home to be filled with dust when any tile is removed.
Learn more about the difference between traditional tile floor removal and what our system does by reading our article here:
Here is a video of our system in action in our hometown: