OSHA Respiratory Standards & EDCO Industrial Vacuum Systems

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:

Reference Links:
Table 1: Specified Control Methods When Working With Materials Containing Crystalline Silica

EDCO Bag Vac Webpage

Written Exposure Control Plan:

A Written Exposure Control 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 Control Plan with proper dust suppression equipment gives your business accountability, putting it within compliance. The WECP protects from liability and spreads respiratory education.

Contractors: Filling out the Written Exposure Control Plan and using proper dust suppression increases respiratory health and avoids jobsite shut downs. Proper WECP documentation is needed for both rented and owned equipment.

To help rental companies, end users, and contractors, EDCO has created WECP forms for every piece of EDCO equipment that has a dust port.  In every specific WECP is all OSHA required information: A) Machine model number, B) Type of product, and C) The EDCO vacuum the manufacturer of the that product recommends for that model (EDCO recommends either a Vortex-200 or Vortex-290 because they capture airborne contaminates at an OSHA acceptable level).  Rental companies should give forms to their end user customers.  End user customer need to simply add names, company, etc.  EDCO recommends working wet with products that do not have dust ports.

Download and print a generic example/template of the Written Exposure Control Plan.

Download and print Written Exposure Control Plans for specific models of EDCO 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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