Blastcrete Equipment Company Offers Solution to OSHA’s New Regulations

Blastcrete Equipment Company/US introduces a dust suppression system that limits silica dust exposure in industrial, construction and mining applications. The patent-pending DustAway system consists of an innovative bulk bag design that attaches to a mixer to contain dust as the mixer fills. The bag’s dust ruffle encapsulates airborne particles, helping to control respirable dust. DustAway helps businesses meet new OSHA regulations for crystalline silica dust by controlling dust to within OSHA-permissible exposure limits, or PELs.

The DustAway system is the first system of its kind and will fit securely around mixer openings. The flexibility of the system allows for customers using material packaged in paper bags to convert to small bulk bags to address these new OSHA directives. For larger mixers, companies can work with Blastcrete to design a removable lid that will be available to fill the space where silica dust can escape.

Blastcrete will offer a variety of DustAway bulk bag sizes ranging from 500–3000 lbs (227–1361 kg) and customizable lids to fit new and existing machines, whether from Blastcrete or another manufacturer. OSHA’s new regulations, which take effect in June 2017, limit permissible exposure limits to 50 ?g/m3 of air over an eight-hour shift. This level is roughly 50 % of the PEL set 45 years ago for general industry and about 20 % of the previous PEL for construction and shipyards.

Blastcrete has been manufacturing safe, reliable and user-friendly solutions for the refractory and shotcrete industries for more than 60 years. With a complete product line consisting of concrete mixers, pumps and related products, the company serves the commercial and residential construction, ICF and SCIP building systems, refractory and underground markets.

Silica dust escapes into the air as workers dump bags of material into mixers. Blastcrete Equipment Company now offers a product that nearly eliminates dust escaping during the process to help construction, industrial and mining companies meet new OSHA regulations

Blastcrete Equipment Company introduces its patent-pending DustAway dust suppression system. It consists of a bulk bag with a dust ruffle that surrounds a mixer’s opening to encapsulate airborne particles and control respirable dust

The new patent-pending DustAway dust suppression system from Blastcrete Equipment Company helps companies meet new OSHA regulations for silica exposure. The system includes a bulk bag design that attaches to a mixer’s opening. For larger machines, Blastcrete offers a custom-sized lid that attaches to the mixer

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