“Silicosis is a growing concern in the building and construction industry, because symptoms aren’t imminent and can take many years to develop there is a tendency to forget that dust is deadly and Silicosis is irreversible. By simply investing in the right tools and equipment up front, work sites and contractors are taking the right steps towards preventing themselves and their work mates from developing Silicosis.”
What is Crystalline Silica?
Silica, also known as Quartz is found in many construction materials including brick, mortar, masonry, rock, landscaping material, granite and more. Silica dust is commonly produced during building and construction activities such as cutting and grinding. These small dust particles of silica are microscopic and easily inhaled, even the smallest amounts inhaled can lead to lung damage.
What is Silicosis?
Silicosis is a disease caused by the inhalation of Crystalline Silica. It is an irreversible and potentially life threatening disease. Silica particles that make their way into the lungs of contractors, workers and even bystanders develop hard nodules, inflammation and scarring in their lungs. Should these nodules increase in size they can make it very difficult to breathe and can lead to death. Whilst there is no cure for Silicosis, it is 100% preventable.
Why is it dangerous?
Crystalline Silica inhalation can lead to the development of a number of lung diseases including, Silicosis, Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis and more. Crystalline Silica has been recognized by the World Health Organisation – International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) as a “known human carcinogen”.
The AS170 Masonry Solution
The AS170 is an innovative masonry restoration saw. It has a unique cutting technology which reduces the amount of airborne dust when cutting as well as the risk of crystalline silica inhalation for operators and bystanders.
“Silicosis is a growing concern in the building and construction industry, because symptoms aren’t imminent and can take many years to develop there is a tendency to forget that dust is deadly and Silicosis is irreversible. By simply investing in the right tools and equipment up front, work sites and contractors are taking the right steps towards preventing themselves and their work mates from developing Silicosis.” – Alicia Ellen, Marketing Coordinator.
The AS170 can contribute up to a 77% reduction in respirable silica dust (Alan, E., Chaolong. Q., (2016) In-Depth Survey Report: Removing mortar with a powered saw. Ohio: NIOSH) when carrying out tasks such as heritage restoration, tuck pointing, toothing of brickwork and chasing. Unlike other masonry saws and grinders, the AS170 does not require the use of heavy duty and sometimes expensive face masks and suits to be compliant. The innovative motion of the blades produces mostly larger dust particles that don’t become airborne and spread like that of angle grinders. This coupled with the Dust Boot makes it ideal for Heritage & General Restoration Professionals and other Masonry Contractors looking to improve on-site safety and compliance.
More Safety Features of the AS170
Aside from its superior dust control, the AS170 has been engineered to prevent dangerous and sometime deadly kickbacks while allowing operators good visibility of the cutting blades for better control and precision cutting.
“Arbortech is all about creating some of the most innovative products in the industry that will make any professional contractor’s job safer, easier and more productive. OSHA’s Silica Rule is playing a big part in the further development of Arbortech’s Allsaw technology.” – David Pellegrine, Sales Manager.
For more information on Silica Exposure or OSHA rulings, please visit www.silica-safe.org