When it comes to concrete and masonry, controlling the dust is a critical situation. Not just to avoid the negative health effects caused by the silica dust concrete and masonry materials produce, but to stay outside of the reach of OSHA and their updated silica rules. Under Table 1 of the new rule, common power tools have specific regulations that must be followed when being used to work with materials like concrete, mortar, and brick. Among two of the most important being the amount of CFM your vacuum must have based on the tool being used and the type of vacuum you must have when grinding, sanding, cutting or breaking materials that contain silica. Below are several models that comply with the OSHA Silica Rule and recommendations. Remember if you plan on taking the simpler route and using Table 1 to comply with the new rule OSHA has set forth rules governing the type of vacuums that can be used and recommendations like using a vacuum that has an automatic reverse pulse cleaning mechanism like those found in Pulse-Bac vacuums.
The recommendations given below are a starting point to help you match the work you’re doing with the right vacuum. Keep in mind there are a lot of variables from how you work with a particular tool and the model of the tool to the environment you’re working in and more. Once of you have a better feel for what Pulse-Bac is all about we recommend you spend some time speaking with your local Pulse-Bac distributor or call us at 866-954-9700 and speak with one of our dust collection experts that can help you tailor a solution to your specific need.
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