The process of cutting concrete, tiles, steel or other materials brings both noise and silica dust hazards to a construction site. Incorporating a cutting station into the workplace offers a solution to this challenge by providing dust control and noise control.
The importance of dust and noise control
When materials containing crystalline silica are disturbed through mechanical activities like cutting, crystalline silica dust is released into the air. These minute particles, also known as respirable silica dust, are small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled, which can lead to increased exposure and a significant risk of irreparable lung damage and terminal illness.
As a general rule, any construction site noise that produces or exceeds 85 dB of sound during an 8-hour period is considered to be excessive noise. To shield workers from the negative impacts of noise pollution at this level of noise exposure, WH&S mandates that protective equipment to control noise and personal hearing protection for workers must be used on a construction site.
Using a cutting station on a construction site can provide several benefits, including:
- Improved Safety
A cutting station can help to create a designated area for cutting materials, which can minimize the risk of accidents or injuries on the job site. It also allows for proper storage of cutting tools, reducing the risk of mishandling or misuse.
- Ventilation and Filtering
Cutting stations are the best dust control methods as they allow workers to continue to work without the risk of Silica Dust, or other hazardous dust exposure. With customisable duct and extraction lengths available, dust can be filtered and removed away from any area.
- Reduced Noise
Using a cutting station can help to reduce noise levels on the job site by up to 48Db and also creates a designated area for cutting, minimizing the impact of loud noise on nearby workers or residents. Cutting stations help job sites to achieve mandatory noise control regulations.
- Increased Efficiency
With a dedicated cutting station, workers can quickly and easily cut materials to the required size and shape, reducing the time and effort needed to complete tasks. This can lead to increased productivity and cost savings.
- Improved Organization
Having a dedicated area for the cutting station and material cutting processes can keep the construction site more organised and tidy.
Ideal for use on indoor construction sites or next to high-rise structures. With multiple viewing windows, our cutting station maximizes visibility, allowing easy communication and safe work.
Control Hire’s Cutting Station Hire comes with all the components required to prevent noise from bouncing off ceilings and walls, whilst containing dust, debris and fumes from raw materials. Overall, using a cutting station on a construction site can help to improve safety, efficiency, quality, , and noise and dust control, making it a valuable addition to any construction project.