BELLWOOD, PA, October 10, 2013 — The Mobile Air Shower by HalenHardy (MASHH), which removes hazardous crystalline silica from workers clothes during industrial operations, won the inaugural Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) Environmental, Health and Safety Award at the Shale Insight Conference.
Major reasons that engineering controls alone are not enough to protect workers from respirable crystalline silica
- Respirable crystalline silica is nearly as light as air and has a very slow "settling rate"...it takes a long time to drift to the ground.
- Because of the low settling rate, respirable crystalline silica can't be completely contained and is impossible to eradicate
Don’t Let Respirable Silica Dust You
By Donny Beaver, Co-Founder & CEO, HalenHardy
Part Seven in our series featured the July 2013 announcement by NIOSH about workers’ clothing being an eighth (8th) source of respirable silica in hydraulic fracturing. In addition, the HalenHardy team has identified 11 more areas of exposure before, during and after hydraulic fracturing including:
More than a year after listing the seven points of worker exposure to respirable silica dust in hydraulic fracturing operations, the same NIOSH researchers published an article outlining an eighth (8th) primary point of dust release and generation in the July 2013 American Industrial Hygiene Association magazine, The Synergist – “Keeping Up with the Oil and Gas Rush.” The authors, Eric Esswein and Ryan Hill, noted “work clothing (for example, flame retardant coveralls) contaminated with crystalline silica” is considered a dust release or generation point.