How to Control Dust on Your Construction Site


If you work in construction, you are probably aware of all the common pitfalls, like dealing with mud when it rains and having to work early morning to avoid midday heat. Another thing you need to be careful of is dust. Dust can be dangerous for your workers who might inhale it, as well as affecting the cleanliness of someone's property if you are remodeling their home. Here are some tips for controlling dust on the construction site.

Create Dust Barriers

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to control dust is by setting up barriers. There are different ways to do this, from using a temporary fence to just covering rooms in plastic. If you are remodeling a home, plastic is usually your best option, because many other dust control methods don't work indoors. However, if you are working on an open construction site where nobody is living, you might want to use a zip wall or other type of temporary wall or fence to keep the dust in just one secluded area while you are working.

Use Water

Another excellent way to control dust on the construction site is to use misted water. You are not using a garden hose to wet certain areas of the dirt in order to reduce dust, but you are using a water tank trailer. There are large water tanks to hold the water, which move around on a trailer. These tanks come with tools that allow you to mist areas where dust is a problem. The misting is just a small amount of water so that it controls the flying dust, without actually creating mud to make it even harder to work. There are smaller dust suppression vehicles and larger water tank trailers, which you can buy or rent.

Use a Dust Extractor

This isn't the most affordable option, but buying a dust extracting tool can be useful if you deal with dust frequently on your job sites. These are power tools that have a vacuum extractor in them that allow you to capture any loose dirt, dust, or debris that might have otherwise been floating in the air. They extract dust from the dirt on a windy day, as well as catching debris from cutting wood and materials, like small metal particles or sawdust.

Depending on the area, you might also be able to use mulch and vegetation to help control the dust.


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