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Blastcrete Equipment offers solution to OSHA regulations

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Blastcrete Equipment LLC’s dust suppression system limits silica dust exposure in industrial, construction, and mining applications. The patent-pending DustAway system consists of an innovative bulk bag design that attaches to a mixer to contain dust as the mixer fills. The bag’s dust ruffle encapsulates airborne particles, helping to control respirable dust. DustAway helps businesses meet OSHA regulations for crystalline silica dust by controlling dust within OSHA-permissible exposure limits (PELs).

The DustAway system is the first system of its kind and will fit securely around mixer openings. The system is flexible and allows customers using material packaged in paper bags to convert to small bulk bags to address these OSHA directives. For larger mixers, companies can work with Blastcrete to design a removable lid that will be available to fill the space where silica dust can escape.

Blastcrete will offer a variety of DustAway bulk bag sizes, ranging from 500 to 3000 lb, as well as customisable lids to fit new and existing machines, whether from Blastcrete or another manufacturer.

OSHA’s regulations limit PELs to 50 mcg/m3 of air for an eight hour shift. This level is roughly 50% of the PEL set 45 years ago for general industry and about 20% of the previous PEL for construction and shipyards.

“We recognise the challenges our customers are facing in meeting these standards, and we want to work with them to solve their application challenges,” said Jim Farrell, CEO of Blastcrete Equipment Co. “The DustAway is a cost-effective way to meet OSHA’s regulations. We will work with companies one-on-one to customise a solution.”

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