Contractors' Guide to Protecting Home and Health During Construction Projects of All Kinds
In the construction industry, falls are the number one cause of death. But in addition to the blatant physical health risks that contractors deal with daily, there are also a variety of widely undetected health risks involving carpets, HVAC systems, and more. Here's a quick guide to help contractors protect both home and health in the midst of any type of construction project.
It's shocking, but it's true: even carpet that looks clean can hold up to one pound of dirt in a single square yard. During projects involving heavy contact, minimize the direct contact with carpet by laying down protection paper designed for flooring. This unique shielding system reduces the accumulation of buildup in carpets and floors over the length of the project, preventing the possibility of mold and other contaminants from harming human health.
Health-Hazardous Heating and Cooling Systems
Based on the frequency, severity, and preventability of the illnesses, occupational lung diseases are the number one cause of occupation-associated illness in the United States. That being said, countless types of microscopic construction materials typically make their way through a home's HVAC system in no time at all. Respirable crystalline silica, for example, are very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand and are created when cutting, sawing, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, and brick. Similarly, contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated five to seven times per day. Over time, this re-circulation will cause a buildup in the duct work, harming residents’ health. Talk to your contractor supplies provider to discuss ways to mitigate these health risks and add protection.
Window Surface Protection
Finally, don't underestimate the major role that windows can play in collecting dust, dirt, and other forms of build up during even short term construction projects. But opening the windows alone won't solve the issue; you'll have to invest in durable window shields from your local construction supply provider.
Ultimately, understanding the importance of staying protection is absolutely essential for homeowners and contractors alike, regardless of the length or invasiveness of the construction project. For more information about construction dust control, contact Surface Shields.