There are many tasks, such as cutting, grinding or scraping, that when performed with masonry materials such brick, block, stone and mortar that may expose workers to dangerous levels of silica and other construction dust. One of the highest exposure tasks involves the removal of mortar during masonry restoration work (or tuckpointing). The Partnership is supporting a CPWR research project to identify local exhaust ventilation (LEV or vacuum) systems that are compatible with the tools commonly used for this work, and effectively control exposures to silica dust.
The partnership also contributed to CPWR’s new resource, silica-safe.org and two members of the Partnership ICE and BAC were among the first to sign on as supporters of the new website. To learn more about silica-safe.org, check out this flyer.