Dust: A Construction Site Safety Guide

12 February 2018

Onsite safety is just as important as having the right construction equipment for hire at hand! Unfortunately, accidents can happen. The good news is that accidents can be avoided by taking the correct precautions, especially when it comes to dust and proper onsite clean-up! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Health Concerns 

Along with irritating the delicate mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat, did you know that dust can cause damage to your respiratory tract when inhaled? It’s true. Do your best to avoid this by wearing the right onsite safety gear, such as goggles and face masks.

  • Obscured Vision 

Dust can be more than just a health hazard when it comes to your lungs: it can also obscure your vision, leading to trips, slips and falls. Even if you can still see, the dust has the potential to also act as a distraction which can result in mistakes when on the job.

  • How to Eliminate Dust 

While dust will always be present on any construction site, there are things that you can do to reduce its presence. We recommend:

  • Cleaning as you go,
  • Using vacuum cleaning and collection systems on tools to suck in excess dust,
  • Using wet methods when cutting through concrete to stop dust travelling through the air,
  • Ensure that trucks and other onsite vehicles stick to the speed limit to avoid lifting dust from the roads, and
  • Stay upwind of areas that are the most prone to dust.

You can also limit the amount of dust present with the help of good quality construction equipment. For hire at Talisman, you’ll find a wide range of essentials such as vacuums, breakers, conveyors, generators and more. Contact us today to make a booking or for further information regarding the rental process.