What you need to know about the OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule:
Dust suppression is an essential to safety and profitability when working with surface preparation and sawing equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, continuously seeks to rid workspaces of silica dust. Silica is microscopic dust hidden inside visible dust clouds created by concrete and masonry work. Silica exposure can cause silicosis, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
Updated OSHA regulations seek to further limit worker exposure to silica, creating cleaner and safer workspaces. Using proper industrial vacuum systems or water when working with surface preparation and sawing equipment will satisfy new OSHA rules.
Read the entire OSHA regulation here: https://www.osha.gov/silica/index.html
EDCO Vacuum and Construction Products are designed to Meet and Exceed new regulations:
Written Exposure Plan:
A Written Exposure Plan is required by OSHA when working with equipment that could produce airborne silica dust. Anyone working with silica must have a documented plan for all equipment.
Rental Companies: Offering the Written Expose Plan with proper dust suppression equipment gives your business accountability, putting it within compliance. The WEP protects from liability and spreads respiratory education.
Contractors: Filling out the Written Exposure Plan and using proper dust suppression increases respiratory health and avoids jobsite shut downs. Proper WEP documentation is needed for both rented and owned equipment.
HEPA 2.0 Kit:
Now Available for all existing EDCO Vacuums
Modern applications and tightening regulations require additional levels of air filtration. Existing EDCO Vortex 200 and Vortex 290 vacuums already meet OSHA’s silica standards by filtering the air at 99.9% efficient @ 0.5 microns. For additional levels of filtration, the new HEPA 2.0 Filter Kit is now available for Vortex 200 vacuums. The Kit’s HEPA filters attach underneath the Vortex motors and work in tandem with the standard MicroClean filters to raise filtration to 99.97% @ 0.3 microns; far exceeding OSHA regulations. This high filtration ensures all workers are kept safe from dangerous airborne contaminants.
HEPA Defined: High-Efficiency Particulate Air, is a type of air filter. Filters meeting the HEPA standard have many applications, including use in medical facilities, automobiles, aircraft and homes. HEPA filters trap extremely small, micron particles that conventional filters (like found in common Shop Vacs) cannot. HEPA filters are rated at 99.97% of all airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns. Capturing these micro-particles exceeds all OSHA silica dust regulations.
Effective 6/1/2017: All EDCO Vortex 200 Vacuums will have HEPA 2.0 Filter Kits installed standard. (Another HEPA Kit will be available for Vortex 290)
Trust EDCO to provide safe equipment that protects worker health and helps rental businesses.
Industrial Vacuum Systems vs Shop Vacs:
A common misconception is that industrial vacuums systems and common shop vacs capture the same volume of dust and debris. This is misguided. In reality industrial vacuum systems, like what EDCO offers, are designed to contain the dust volume created by surface preparation, professional sawing and other kinds of modern equipment. Shop Vacs do not offer the kind of filtration needed to meet OSHA Silica regulations.
This EDCOED.com video explains the difference between Industrial Vacuums and Shop Vacs:
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