Matt speaks with Rob Taylor, the National Training Manager for Stanley Black and Decker University about silica dust and OSHA dust compliance guidelines and how that can and will impact the tools you use. You will learn more about silica dust and who is susceptible to this type of exposure and why each job needs a silica dust exposure plan for grinding or drilling. Rob is a wealth of knowledge on this subject and we are thrilled to be able to share it with all our customers.
In September 2017 the OSHA Dust Compliance went into effect. The compliance forced Black and Decker and other retailers to add features to their products that increased workers production and health. Black and Decker has an extensive global research project to test prototypes or models in their plants and then the field. This program allowed them to make modifications to current products on the market and make them compatible with the new law. The Silica ruling protects employees and workers in and out of the field. The guidelines were put into place to limit workers exposure to silica dust which is in all masonry and concrete dust. According to guidelines, as a general contractor or subcontractor there must be a Silica safety plan in place per job, if they are grinding or drilling concrete. Silica can be removed by either a dry cutting dust evacuation system or water system. Black and Decker makes vacuums that suck the dust that occurs with drilling or cutting concrete with diamond blade. Several attachments are available for resale. Rob states that the impact on effectiveness on tools with these adjustments, is non existent and that the tool works even better with the adjustments due to the dust leaving the tool via vacuum. The lack of dust makes for a cleaner tool which in turn increases the lifetime of the tool.
What is Silica and what is the risk to my health? Silicosis is the micro fiber of silica dust, it will attach to lungs and cause issues with respiratory tract. Silica is often compared to asbestos as they have similar health risks with exposure.
For more information about OSHA Compliance listen to the Podcast below.