October 15, 2009
With the problem of nuisance dust growing across the American, construction dust control has become a requirement by most states. It is because of this requirement that a construction dust control plan must be produced and implemented on practically every construction site that is 1/2 acre in size.
The components that this plan has to include are any receptors that are sensitive to vegetation and water that are within 1,000 feet of the site. A map should contain these receptors and submitted to the local health authority for review which often times includes their approval.
For a construction dust control plan to be effective it must contain a method of monitoring the dust problem. also included should be methods of minimizing or reduce the visible dust. The recommendation is that visibly dry soil that has been disturbed, including unpaved roads, should be sprayed down with water at least three times a day. This activity does not have to be performed on non-working days or when sufficient rainfall to make the surface not prone to creating dust.
The plan needs to include steps to deal with the wind. The direction of the wind should be observed and recorded so downwind areas can be checked for evidence of dust.
In some areas, a third party consultant has to be employed to verify that the proper steps to monitor are implemented to minimize visible dust. This third party should also have the power to halt operations until the risk of producing excessive nuisance dust is reduced.
The installation of dust control devices is recommended where possible. This would include, but is not limited to, windbreaks, plastic tarps, and a tree line or shrubs.
The final requirement of a typical construction dust control plan is to control the speed of vehicles over the unpaved landscape. This is the biggest factor in reducing nuisance dust.
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