There are multiple ways complying with OSHA’s 2017 Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard helps your business survive and yes thrive! First, there’s the fact that your company actually can survive. A citation from OSHA can be financially devastating. But that should be self-explanatory.
Dust control saves your saws.
On our hardscape crew at Willow Gates Landscaping, we had a routine. Every morning, each crew member pulled out a saw. The filter was removed and cleaned, the saw fueled, and the day started. We still had a lot of saws breaking down from overheating or a combination of abrasive dust and ethanol fuel. Since we implemented vacuum dust control, those problems have been greatly reduced. We almost never clean our filters, as it simply isn’t necessary!
Dust control grows your client base.
“How?” You ask. Your clients talk, and there’s an old adage that a happy customer tells 2-3 friends. An unhappy client tells 10 friends. It’s, unfortunately, human nature to focus on the negative! I recall a landscaping client from 7 years ago… we installed a new patio and walkway, and the project also included a new gazebo and landscaping. The back yard was totally transformed. Yet, in the end, she wasn’t sure the dust was worth it. What do you think she told her friends? I’m sure she mentioned the dust whenever her friends commented on the patio in that first year! What do you think a current client thinks when we roll a Dust Killer system out of the trailer and start cutting? Some are amazed. Some see it as a nuisance imposed by OSHA. Some want to know the nuts and bolts of how the system works, of how we got involved. All are impressed.