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July 19, 2004

Can You See The Dust?

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Dust to dust. What does it take to shape a stone made of granite? Lots of dust. Using diamond blades and protective gear to minimize the ill effects, here is Pastor Adrian (me) working on the initial stages of a piece called “Pirouette”.

The photo, taken by a guest to our home, gives just a little idea of the challenge of working in stone. Even with all of the protective equipment, it takes about a week to recover from the ill effects of the airborne particles that still get through the dust mask.

If any reader has contact with an Occupational Safety Professional, an Industrial Hygienist or an Occupational Physician who has knowledge on how to avoid the hazards of granite dust, please let me know. My throat and upper lungs become very irritated using the respirators I have tried here in Northern Wisconsin. Nothing seems to filter it out completely.

Posted by Adrian2 at July 19, 2004 8:55 PM | trackback url

Comments

I've used forced air respirators in my years of industrial sandblasting. I don't know how much they cost, but my boss gets them.

We have an air compressor hooked up to a breathable air filter, then going into a hood (and I believe you can get cheap paper ones at paint stores) that has temperature regulated. Might be expensive, but I can check into this further if you'd like.

Posted by: Kenny Kahl at January 6, 2005 11:25 AM