DeWalt OSHA Dustless Solutions
DEWALT® is a manufacturer of industrial tools for professional tradesmen, contractors and DIY homeowners. Many construction and industrial occupations involve working with silica dust, which is a common mineral in stone, concrete and ceramics. Breathing in silica can lead to the respiratory disease called Silicosis, also known as Stone Mason's Disease. With DEWALT OSHA-compliant dustless solutions, professional contractors can protect their workers' health and abide by OSHA's new 2016 Silica Rule, which requires that contractors have in place a dust collection system that captures 99% of silica dust.
Silicosis can be avoided by using DEWALT power tools in conjunction with a dust shroud. The DEWALT surface grinding dust shrouds have a Dust Ejection System™ that extracts and captures hazardous microns. Dust shrouds are not limited to grinding tools; they attach to power drills, rotary hammers and demolition hammers as well. Some of these shrouds use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter which can capture 99.95% of dust particles.
Aside from the smaller dust shroud units that attach to a power tool, contractors can acquire the DEWALT dust extractors which are large vacuum units. The 8 to 10 gallon vacuum dust extractors use more than one HEPA filter to ensure quality dust management. These heavy-duty vacuums can handle both wet and dry use. They're powered with 15-amp motors and have 15-foot hoses which provides a nice reach radius. Most of them have wheels to move around the job site, but there are some DEWALT dust extractors that are hand-held and more portable.
When buying a dust extractor or a dust shroud for a dust-producing cordless tool, it's important to keep in mind the extra accessories available. For dust shrouds, there are connectors and adapters available to attach to tools and dust ports. For DEWALT dust extractors/vacuums, contractors can get replacement hoses and HEPA filters, as well as bags to hold dust. With a wide range of DEWALT dust management tools available, contractors can ensure that their team is meeting the industry safety standards.
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