Demolition dust projects have huge health effects on the people on-site and those living near the site. As a result, more people are exposed to the dust and asbestos from the demolished building. Dust and asbestos can lead to can cause health issues like silicosis, asthma, and death in some cases. This is why manufacturers of dust control equipment like BossTek provide effective solutions to help protect your workers during the demolition process.
Here are some of how you can protect your workers from the effect of demolition.
Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All the employees must have the correct PPE during the demolition process. The 5-part PPE must be worn at all times on the worksite. These include: Safety glasses, a hard hat, safety gloves, a high-visibility jacket, and steel-toe capped boots. The standard PPE can vary based on the nature of the project or your client’s specific requirements, but you must ensure that the equipment keeps your workers safe.
Have properly trained and qualified workers on-site
You must ensure that workers on the demolition site has the appropriate qualifications, experience, and training. Every employee must understand how to wear the equipment and have them on during the demolition process. Regular health and safety training will help reduce the risk of accidents. It is also important to check if the qualifications have expired since most do after a certain time. So, you must check to see if the training is up to date.
Monitor the dust, noise, and vibration
Environmental safety is crucial during demolition projects. The common by-products of demolition are vibrations, noise, and dust. You must effectively monitor and manage any risk to workers or the neighboring properties. Loud noises can permanently damage the hearing of your workers. It can also create a safety risk where your workers cannot communicate effectively, preventing them from hearing any warning signs. On the other hand, vibrations pose the risk of causing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Your worker’s exposure to vibration must be managed to reduce the risk of the syndrome as much as possible.
You can also control the amount of dust on the demolition site by damping down the site with different water supplies. You can liaise with your local water authority for metering and permission. You can reduce exposing your workers to noise and vibrations by adjusting the hours your workers are exposed to these elements. You can have your workers working in shifts to ensure that they are kept safe.
Keep your site clean all the time
Having a clean and safe demolition site throughout the process is essential. A clean demolition site is the standard for most health and safety regulations and should always be implemented to keep your workers safe. A clean site means that you ensure that your workers have access to fresh drinking water and washing facilities. There must also be hot water and a clean environment to take breaks.
It is crucial to keep your workers safe during the demolition process. You must ensure that they work in an environment that fits your local authorities’ health and safety regulations.