Our technician uses a flexible vacuum hose to carefully remove significant amounts of silica (quartz) dust from a large dust collector system. The system consists of hundreds of feet of ductwork, measuring as wide as 8 feet in some places. The extensive ductwork cleaning project was for a company that produces high-purity quartz products for the semiconductor, lighting and electronics industries.
The dust, which accumulates from cutting, grinding and drilling, contains crystalline silica particulates which are classified as a human lung carcinogen. It was critically important for our crew to be properly outfitted with Tyvek coveralls, gloves, and full-face respirators. Additionally, as this involved confined space, we monitored the environment with gas meters.
As always, we strictly adhered to OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) protocols throughout the project. According to OSHA, Silica exposure remains a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers. It is critically important for companies dealing with hazardous dust particulates to maintain a strict annual air duct cleaning and other equipment cleaning to protect their employees.
Be sure to safeguard your workers with clean air ducts and safe indoor air. What areas of your building need cleaning? Call us for inspections and a free estimate.