Five tips for efficient dust control

Dust is a familiar enemy to construction workers. It is generated in many work phases and, if not properly controlled, can cause serious health problems. We at Ramirent care about the wellbeing of each and every one at the construction site – as well as passers-by – and provide different means to tackle the dust issue. Here are some tips for efficient dust management for construction projects of varying scale.

1. Local suction
The first and most important step of dust control is preventing dust from being generated and spreading. The heaviest dust is removed on the spot with local suction equipment, which can be attached to machinery such as drilling and chipping machines

2. Industrial vacuums
Industrial vacuums and central vacuum cleaners are efficient in combatting on-site dust. Ramirent provides industrial vacuums of 800 to 2800 W, as well as the energy efficient Rami Green Line 7.5 kW frequency changing central cleaning system, in which the suction unit is located on the bottom floor and the dust is carried through pipes from upper floors. The system only needs a 16A power connection

3. Air cleaners, zipper walls and compartments
Dividing the work space into compartments helps to prevent dust from spreading inside the building under construction. Zipper walls separate clean spaces from dusty ones, and air cleaners can be used to create negative pressure in the work space and filter the circulated air. Ramirent’s offering includes, for instance, the Strong 600 and Strong 4000 RAMI air cleaners, which can filter about 700 m3 and 4000 m3 of air in an hour, respectively. All air cleaners are equipped with HEPA H13 filters. The most advanced air cleaning system, APAD Technology, is used at larger sites to control the negative pressure sustainability to prevent dust from spreading.

4. Efficient site cleaning
General tidiness is important in preventing dust problems. The site needs to be cleaned often enough, and with the right equipment. Brushes only cause the dust to rise into the air; scrapers are much more efficient.

5. Personal protective gear
When all measures have been taken to prevent dust from being generated and from spreading, personal protective gear can be used to protect construction workers from the health risks caused by dust. Dust masks prevent the dust from entering the respiratory system – as long as they are properly in place and completely cover the nose and mouth.

Main constructors are required to submit a dust management plan for every site. Ramirent’s experts can provide useful advice with regard to equipment needs and dust prevention processes. Let’s fight that dust together!

Product Specialist
Ramirent Finland, Finland