Using an Industrial HEPA Vacuum for Silica Dust Control and OSHA Compliance

Man with a Drum Top Vacuum

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which describes filters that are capable of trapping 99.97 percent of particles that are larger than 0.3 microns, can contain and eliminate even the most hazardous materials found on earth. Industrial vacuums with true HEPA filtration are chosen by workers across the globe for battling silica dust on their job sites. When considering whether a HEPA vacuum will work for your application, first identify the source of your silica dust problem.

When silica dust isn’t contained, it can build up and rest on various surfaces of a work area, such as ventilation ducts, equipment and surfaces up high. The problem with resting silica dust is that it can become airborne, which then poses the risk of workers inhaling it. In addition, dust accumulations can result in combustible dust fires and explosions, posing an entirely separate threat to work sites. This makes the importance of collecting silica dust at the source even more prominent.

How Industrial HEPA Vacuums Help With OSHA Compliance

In previous articles written about OSHA’s Silica Dust Regulations, the need for work sites to be compliant in order to protect workers and avoid fines remains. Industrial HEPA Vacuums enable workers to control the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of crystalline silica, which is 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 8 hours. These vacuums paired up with additional equipment to battle silica dust at the source will keep work environments compliant to OSHA and workers protected from serious health risks.

Industrial Vacuum’s Vactagon Line

Our Vactagon line of industrial HEPA vacuums are built to withstand any hazardous substance, wet or dry. We offer two models that are manufactured to exceed even the largest industrial shop vacuums available today.

Vactagon Drum Top Vacuums – For over 25 years, our drum top vacuums have set and lead the standard for durability, effectiveness, unmatched power. With 14 options available in electric or pneumatic options, our drum top vacuums can contain silica dust in any application needed while providing convenient portability.

Vactagon Explosion Proof Vacuums – Because dust accumulation is so common on job sites and the risks of combustible dust fires and explosions occur, we designed a line of industrial HEPA vacuums specifically to combat those risks. With 5 models offered, the right explosion proof vacuum for the job is available.

For additional information about our industrial HEPA vacuum options, give us a call at 1-800-331-4832 or contact us directly.