by Brianna Crandall — May 2, 2018 — Dedicated to introducing productivity-focused dust collection solutions for compliance with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation on respirable crystalline silica dust *, established tool innovator Milwaukee Tool recently announced what it says is the industry’s first OSHA compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum — the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud.
Suitable for overhead drilling applications, and with a universal fit to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammers, the DUST TRAP is an OSHA objective data compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum. The accessory is also OSHA Table 1** compliant when used in conjunction with a proper dust extractor.
According to Iris Horn, product manager for Milwaukee Tool:
As employers continue to equip themselves with the accessories needed to be compliant, it can be difficult to quickly and efficiently ensure full compliance amid the high costs of many solutions and the limited availability of cordless options that offer a universal fit. The Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud is the answer to these frustrations. A cost-effective and completely universal accessory, the DUST TRAP offers an efficient and flexible way for users to adjust to the daily demands of the jobsite while remaining compliant.
The DUST TRAP is built with a clear sleeve that provides visibility when lining up the hole and during the drilling application. Once attached to the front of the cordless hammer drill, it keeps dust contained throughout the duration of the drilling process. Afterwards, the sleeve can be emptied, and the entire unit easily collapses and locks for storage.
The compact, collapsible design is ideal for hard-to-reach places, providing superior productivity to the user, says Milwaukee. The universal fit of the DUST TRAP allows it to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammer brands and styles, and all SDS Plus drill bits up to 8” in length, including stop bits and other anchor installation tools.
As employers work to be compliant with the new OSHA regulation, Milwaukee Tool says it is dedicated to continuing to expand its Dust Extraction System.
The Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud is available for purchase from the Milwaukee Tool website.
* Enforcement of the new OSHA regulation on respirable crystalline silica dust (29 CFR 1926.1153) for construction trades began on September 23, 2017. This regulation reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 µg/m3 over n 8-hour period and affects jobsites nationwide.
** In order to be compliant with the new regulation*, companies prove they are under the PEL by following Table 1 standards, demonstrating objective data, or conducting their own self-monitoring programs, as laid out by OSHA.