Of all the things to be concerned about at a demolition site, dust certainly doesn’t pose the biggest threat, but it still needs to be addressed. As you might imagine, things can get pretty dusty when you’re demolishing an entire building. If dust isn’t properly managed it can become quite the annoyance. Managing the dust can be done a few different ways, depending on the circumstances of the job site.
The most common way to do away with the dust is good old H2O. By using hoses, sprinklers, and sprayers, we can wet down the materials we’ll be demolishing prior to the starting the process. The biggest drawback to this technique is the collateral risk it can sometimes create. If you’re not careful, you can wind up with excess water all over the place. This can lead to slips, falls, and other safety concerns.
If we think there’s potential for the water to cause issues we can use a slightly different method. Atomized sprayers and electronically charged fog are both great ways to capture airborne dust without the fear of excess water. While both are effective dust capturing systems, they’re typically used in two different situations.
Atomized spray uses a high-powered fan to knock down all the airborne dust floating around outside the project. Thanks to the powerful fan, atomized spray can be used in outdoor settings even if it’s a little windy. The fog systems are really intended more for indoor use, because they lack the power necessary to handle the wind and scope of the outdoors. However, this doesn’t mean charged fog is a less effective dust control method. Charged fog does a great job of getting rid of dust indoors, which is where crew members are most susceptible to the negative effects of dust exposure.