Contractors often use abrasive blasting to give surfaces a deep clean. As effective as this process is, however, it comes with a cost. Blasting sends hazardous amounts of dust and toxic metals into the air, which puts workers at risk of lung damage or even cancer.
To protect employees from these effects, contractors should use nontoxic abrasives, such as baking soda or dry ice, whenever possible. Plus, they should opt for materials that can be delivered with water, as using a slurry can reduce the amount of dust that gets created.
Employers should also use barriers and curtain walls to isolate the dust and protect nearby workers from accidental exposure. These areas should always be equipped with exhaust ventilation systems to capture and remove dust and toxins.
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