Roadway Dust Suppression 101

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New construction can look messy until the dust settles. Dust on the job site not only looks unpleasant, but it also poses serious health risks. Before beginning the job, make sure that you hire experts for dust suppression.

What Is Construction Dust Exactly?

Construction dust describes the debris that fills the air at worksites. The typical types of construction dust include:

  • silica dust, like sandstone and granite
  • respirable crystalline silica (RCS)
  • non-silica dust, like gypsum, cement, limestone, and marble
  • wood dust

With road construction, silica dust is a major concern for both workers and the environment.

Silica dust can cause health problems including:

  • major lung scarring referred to as silicosis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • lung cancer
  • kidney disease

It is your job to keep your worksite safe from these dust hazards with a proper dust suppression system.

What’s the Best Road Dust Suppression Method?

Whether you simply need water, road dust suppression equipment, and/or road dust suppression chemicals depends on several factors.

  1. Is This Construction Site Temporary or Long-term?

You may be able to use only a water truck if you only need a temporary dirt road, for, say a new construction site. However, long-term or permanent sites require dust suppression chemicals that will do more than wet the surface. For instance, you may need magnesium chloride to stabilize the road and resist evaporation for a road project that will last for months or years.

  1. What Kind of Traffic Will Your Road See During the Project?

Higher volumes of traffic and, large commercial vehicles, and heavy equipment all create a larger amount of dust and require more intense methods of dust suppression. For these areas, you may want to use the concentrated Nova DCP-C, resin-modified emulsion product, for ultimate bonding with heavy traffic.

  1. What Climate Is This Project In?

Climate will change the way different dust suppression chemicals work. If you’re somewhere dry, like Arizona, Lignosulfonate Dust Control Product will work well to stay bonded without moisture. Nova DCP-6000, however, is a much better road dust suppression option for somewhere like Upstate New York, where the roads freeze in the winter.

  1. What Is the Project’s Surrounding Environment Like?

For a job in the middle of nothingness, you may not worry too much about which chemicals you choose for dust suppression. However, if your road construction project runs through or near rivers, streams, reservoirs, farms, or communities, then you need to pay attention to the composition of your chemicals.

In this case, you want to go with a dust suppression method like Nova DCP-Enviro. This environmentally friendly product is chloride free. It is safe for wetlands, animals, and vegetation, making it optimal for any sensitive environment you’re working around.

  1. What Are the Regulations Where You Are?

With your construction job, you need to follow county, city, state, and EPA dust regulations, to name a few. You want to use the most cost-effective option that satisfies all regulations.

Choose the Best Dust Suppression for Your Site

Keeping your construction site clean with the best dust suppression for your site will help pave the way to an easier road. It will keep employees healthy, regulations satisfied, and the environment clean. Contact us to keep your construction site clean!

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