What Could Dust Extraction Cost You?

Dust extraction on a jobsite must be handled carefully, or the mistake could mean steep OSHA penalties.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes airborne and surface-borne dust very seriously because of its severe risks to job site workers and public safety. Every year, more than 2 million construction workers are exposed to materials that contain silica, including concrete and stone.

Prolonged exposure to silica dust – or even short-term exposure in some cases – can cause a condition called silicosis, which compromises respiration. In affected people, scars form deep within the lungs, limiting the breath and increasing the risk of lung infections like tuberculosis. There is no cure for silicosis.

In 2016, OSHA updated the Crystalline Silica Rule, establishing tougher standards for respirable crystalline silica, including an enforcement schedule that’s in effect for construction sites, industrial settings, maritime operations and contractors. The standards are much stricter than those set by OSHA’s original silica rule in the 1970’s.

Is your work site in full compliance with the new rule? Here’s why it should be. 

How to Manage Dust Extraction the Right Way

To handle crystalline silica dust properly, follow all OSHA standards for respirators, exposure limits, engineering controls and other measures that directly affect worker health and safety. Monitor exposure levels and stay within the boundaries of exposure limits: 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air at an 8-hour, time-weighted average.

Use a high-quality HEPA vacuum to filter the air and remove airborne particles created by grinding, drilling, mixing, cutting, blasting and other worksite activities. Plan for both wet and dry activities and ensure all workers are fully trained on precautionary procedures in case an emergency arises.

Pullman Ermator, maker of single-phase HEPA dust extractors, recently conducted a cost analysis on what bags, filters and labor could cost you for dust extraction over a year. The first is your initial cost, where your choices include 150 CFM and smaller plastic dust vacuums that are HEPA-ready or HEPA-included.

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*click here for the full PDF guide (courtesy of Pullman Ermator Inc.)

Your annual filter costs depend on the type of vacuum you are using. Single-motor dust vacuums with self-pulsing or shaking filter systems need to be replaced periodically. While a HEPA-ready vacuum needs a filter change every two months, HEPA-included dust extractors run for 18 months without a filter change. Figuring in the price for each type of filter bag, plus the annual labor cost of changing two bags per day during a six-day work week for 50 weeks a year, the HEPA-included models come out on top – even though the filter bag price is higher. In the long run, you could end up paying $3,000 more for a plastic dust vacuum. Purchasing any S-line dust extractor may have a higher initial cost, but you still can save thousands of dollars year after year.

Failure to Comply Penalties Go Beyond Basic Cost

OSHA’s enforcement penalties for the Crystalline Silica Rule come with expensive fines. The lowest level serious violation previously cost the violator $7,000 in fines. In the updated standards, the same level violation costs $12,471 per incident and is likely to trigger a deeper investigation by OSHA and other governmental authorities.

After the first incident, it’s the company’s responsibility to manage abatement procedures and prove to OSHA that abatement has taken place. Otherwise, you’ll face a failure-to-abate fine of $12,471 per day beyond the abatement deadline from OSHA.

The biggest penalty comes from either waiting too long to address issues or allowing them to take place repeatedly, which OSHA considers a willful violation. This comes with a staggering $124,709 fine, which can be doubled, tripled or more if you have numerous serious violations across your enterprise.

Putting Worker Safety At Risk

The cost of non-compliance goes much deeper than dollars. Failure to manage crystalline silica dust can destroy the health of your workers. Part of OSHA compliance is providing medical exams at least every three years to workers who wear respirators for more than 30 days at a time. These standards are set for a reason – to prevent workers’ health and lives from being permanently affected by worksite hazards.

Non-compliance can also ruin your company’s reputation in the industry. When competitors, partners and the public get wind of unethical practices, word spreads like wildfire and it can permanently tarnish a company’s image. Just one violation could severely limit the number of jobs your company is awarded in the future.

To keep your worksite risk at an absolute minimum, contact your Runyon sales rep to examine the site and put protective measures in place. It’s a proactive step towards staying well within OSHA boundaries and making sure dust doesn’t cost you money and lives.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

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Wahlburgers TRU PC Job by Custom Concrete Creations

This week we want to feature an impressive TRU PC overlay job completed by Custom Concrete Creations in the Wahlburgers at Mall of America. You can see the before and after shots of this 3,600 square foot restaurant below. In addition, we’ve included some snapshots of the process, including a logo stencil application and wet grinding and polishing.

BEFORE:
Wahlburgers CCC Job - before

AFTER:
Wahlburgers CCC Job - after

 

Custom Concrete Creations used the following products and equipment to complete this job:

Big thanks to Hy-Vee Construction and the CCC crew on this job: Matt Safford, Tyler Hansen, Pete Clifton and Keenan Hanson.

Custom Concrete Creations specializes in Polished Concrete flooring. CCC services Industrial, Commercial and Residential clients throughout the Midwest. Custom Concrete Creations has been in the Polishing market since the craft became popular over five years ago. They have the passion and expertise to help your project succeed!

Runyon Roots: Joe Vertrees’ Story

Today is all about Joe Vertrees. Joe’s sister Jackie works in our Customer Service Division. This is how we found Joe. Joe was born at home on May 20, 1991. Jackie is his biological sister, and he also has three step-siblings. In his younger years, he moved around the state of Ohio quite a bit. However, he planted his roots at Liberty-Benton High School, where he was in vocational classes and studied construction management skills.

As a teenager, Joe was extremely curious, motivated and driven. At fifteen, he rode his bike to his first job, which was at a shooting range. And from there he continued to develop different skill sets such as: working in an Outback kitchen, traveling for a moving company, working his way up to Parts Manager at a Michigan-based company, and eventually finding his way to Runyon.

Joe spends his spare time with his rescue pitbulls and cats. He has two pitbulls: Sophia and Domino, and two cats: Zippo and Minx. He is extremely passionate about training his animals and has read all of Cesar Millan’s books. Since high school, Joe has been an avid reader. He reads whatever peaks his interest at the time. Joe and his sister work well together at the shop and we are extremely lucky to have this curious, motivated and driven young man on our Runyon team!

Joe Vertrees

Runyon Roots: Odessa Tynan’s Story

Odessa is our next root, and she has deep roots with the Runyon family. Her dad, Dave Tynan, was hired by Jack Runyon (the original founder) in 1976, and still to this day works for our company. Odessa previously worked for our Tool Rental division for several years, and now has transferred to the Surface Prep division. Odessa grew up working alongside the Runyon family at the Tool Rental. Odessa grew up in Carmel, Indiana and graduated from Carmel High School in 1997. After high school, she attended beauty school until starting a family. Odessa met her husband in high school and had two children: Presley (13) and Jolie (10).

Odessa went back to work in the salon until carpal tunnel took its toll. She found her way to the Tool Rental working at the front counter. Customer service is her strength, so when Surface Prep had an opening, she was a perfect fit. Odessa is responsible for sending our customers their tracking information, and she bills out their invoices. She is a great addition to our team and has been part of our family for years.

She enjoys spending time with her children, her cats, and she does photography on the side. Her dad has worked for Runyon for 42 years; the only thing that has changed is that his mustache is much smaller. The picture below is from 20 years ago! Odessa’s brother, Seth, also works in the business. He started when he was 15 years old working for a former Runyon business – Party Time Rental. We’re excited for the next generation of Tynans to join the family!

Odessa Tynan

 

Odessa’s Contact Info:

317.559.0811

odessa@runyonrental.com

RSP Slurry Processing System – Reduce, Remove & Reuse

Runyon Surface Prep’s Slurry Processing System simplifies the task of what to do with jobsite concrete mud when wet grinding.

The growing popularity of wet-polishing and the use of power trowel machines (that must be run wet) increases the need for an efficient and economical solution to slurry removal. More wet work is being done to reduce silica levels on job sites, increase safety and to meet the new OSHA Silica Standard. Runyon Surface Prep’s Slurry Processing System uses the innovative products from Slurry Solutions to facilitate the handling of concrete slurry. This system reduces the amount of waste material to discard, removes heavy metal contaminants, lowers pH and reuses the separated water back on the job.

Science Wins in the War on Slurry

The science behind Slurry Solutions products centers around separating suspended solids from the water. Adding the MudDog SlurrySep flocculant causes particles to clump together and settle to the bottom of the mixing bag. This treated waste-water is then filtered through a de-watering slurry bag  after which the treated-water can be pumped out for use or disposed of. SlurryDry is a polymer that, when added to the remaining slurry, coagulates the liquid into a dry solid. The resulting solid matter can now be safely disposed of in a landfill without worry of contaminating groundwater. Use Slurry Destroyer to aid in the clean-up and removal of concrete slurry from equipment. It turns hardened sludge into a soft substance for quicker removal. For more detailed step-by-step instructions, visit our website or review these photos documenting the use of Slurry Solutions products on a recent 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse project.

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Keep Toxins Out of the Ground and Water

Why all the anxiety over disposing of concrete mud? Besides avoiding hefty EPA fines, using outdated methods to dispose of slurry can be costly. Toxic materials such as glues, oils, mastic, fertilizers and solvents can be present in the concrete substrate you prep. Working wet does protect crews from breathing these carcinogens, but it does not eliminate them. Toxins leach into our oceans, rivers and water table. Letting slurry dry without removing contaminants only allows it to become airborne sediment. This residual dust clogs our waterways, causing $16 billion in damage each year.

Disposal of Slurry is Part of the Job

Planning on how to handle slurry is part of the project, not an afterthought. Incorporate it into your job plans from the start. Research different methods to eliminate concrete mud and make the decision that works for your company, crew and budget. Here are some suggestions on how to include plans for eliminating waste in your job preparations.

Ways to Effectively Manage Slurry Disposal

  • Review your slurry management and disposal plan early
  • Understand the EPA regulations as well as state and local laws
  • Inspect the original substrate for possible toxins
  • Determine how to collect and store slurry
  • Test the substrate for contaminants
  • Conduct periodic pH tests
  • Plan for accidental leaks or spills
  • Dispose of the slurry while adhering to EPA/state/local guidelines

RSP Slurry Processing System

Proper containment and disposal of concrete slurry is what every professional in our industry deals with under the watchful eye of the EPA. Turn this essential chore into an effective elimination strategy with Runyon’s Slurry Processing System and Slurry Solutions’ innovative products. The science behind this new technique makes discarding job site mud fast, easy and environmentally sound. It lets you focus on the project and less on how to manage the messy aftermath.

For the full look at the Runyon Trowel Systems, check out our Guide to Power Trowel Polishing booklet.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Strip-N-Scrub System Rejuvenates, Strips & Deep Cleans

Runyon Power Strip N' Scrub SystemRunyon Surface Prep’s Strip-N-Scrub System easily restores heavily soiled concrete or terrazzo floors when used on a power trowel machine. It can also be used to quickly and efficiently remove sealers, including cure and seals, from concrete

By using non-woven floor pads, this innovative system increases the functionality and versatility of your power trowel. The pads and drivers are simple to attach, easy to use and improve the versatility of an 8-foot power trowel machine. The system works for many types of applications (restoration, stripping and cleaning) and keeps your workflow progressing smoothly.

The Power Strip N’ Scrub System set-up for an 8-foot trowel machine includes:

Steel Float Pans Anchor This System

The two Kraft Tool ProForm float pans in this system are made of heavy-duty #10-gauge steel, providing strength and durability. The edges are beveled with a .125-inch rise to keep them from digging into the concrete. Each pan fits over five power trowel blades and is held securely in place by two clips. The two float pans have five velcro drivers to hold the applicator pads. You can extend their service life by rotating the steel float pans periodically.

Rejuvenate Polished Concrete & Terrazzo

The Power Strip N’ Scrub System expands a power trowel’s work potential from applications to restoration, stripping and maintenance. Light restoration / rejuvenation of a previously polished concrete or terrazzo floor only requires attaching diamond impregnated pads on each float pan. Using diamond impregnated pads in progressively finer grits in sequence will restore the refinement of a lightly worn previously polished substrate to a high aesthetic level.

Stripping Sealers (Including Cure and Seals)

Thoroughly removing a sealer from a concrete floor is a hassle without the right products. Using the Power Strip N’ Scrub System with  46-inch black stripping pad in conjunction with a chemical stripping agent, most sealers can be quickly and efficiently removed.

Scrub & Densify

You can also use a power trowel to scrub in a chemical hardener or densifier to a concrete floor. These reactive silicate/silicanate liquids chemically react with the calcium hydroxide present in the concrete, forming a harder, denser substrate that is more impact and abrasion resistant. Many densifiers require agitation during the application to properly penetrate and react and using a power trowel outfitted with black non-woven pads to provide this agitation is an extremely efficient method for this.

Deep Clean with a Power Trowel Machine

The 8-foot path of a power trowel machine creates an efficiency advantage when deep cleaning large areas. Paired with heavy-duty cleaners or de-greasers, the system quickly and capably clean the dirtiest of surfaces and provides deep-clean results every time.

RSP Power Strip N’ Scrub System

Maximize your team’s productivity with a versatile pad attachment kit like the Runyon Surface Prep Power Strip N’ Scrub system. It expands the scope of work your power trowel machine can accomplish. Keep your crew working efficiently and boost your completion rate by adding one of these systems to your trowel machine.

For the full look at the Runyon Trowel Systems, check out our Guide to Power Trowel Polishing booklet.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

Runyon Roots: Jon Hughel’s Story

Today is all about Jonathan Daniel Hughel. Jon was born May 22, 1981 right here in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the oldest son of Daniel and Wendy. His family was always on the move; before Jon was nine, he lived in 8 different states. At an early age, Jon was an avid dinosaur enthusiast. After dinos, he started playing football, baseball and wrestled at Karns Middle and High School in Knoxville, TN. Jon graduated from high school in 1999. He found his way to the University of Memphis for a year, then transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics in 2004.

Jon has earned a living as a chef, a teamster, a roadie, a medical device salesman and a partner in a small marketing firm. However, most of his work experience was in the concrete polishing/surface preparation industry. He started at HTC in February 2006, briefly as a territory sales/technical rep. He quickly moved to Twister product manager, where he helped to set up production of Twister in the US and brought that product line to market in North America. Later he moved to Key Account Management at HTC. He then found his way to Ameripolish from 2015-2017, managing the SmartFloor program, as well as working with distribution partners in the Midwest and West. Jon was our Ameripolish rep, which is how all of us at Runyon were first introduced to him. Luckily for us, Jon was looking for new opportunities in this industry, so he joined our team back in September 2017. We’re extremely grateful that Jon is part of our Runyon Team. Jon brings an extreme amount of knowledge and experience to our customers. Jon is our SouthEast sales rep, based out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

As you can see, Jon really enjoys hanging out with his dogs and significant other Erin. His hobbies and interests include: reading, cooking, shooting sports, and he is an avid outdoorsman and a gifted amateur competitive eater.

Jon is a jokester and keeps everyone in stitches at all times! He always has a funny anecdote and has the ability to lighten the mood in the most stressful situations.

 

Jon’s Contact Info:

317.999.8536

jon@runyonsurfaceprep.com