Enviro Chasing Services Outlook for 2018-2019

WA home build numbers are set to slowly, but not dramatically, improve in 2018/19 from about 19,000 this year. Business confidence is improving, and the latest budget has been kind to WA. This bodes well for the immediate future.

Envirochasing Services is growing rapidly, and we look forward to providing our service to an increasing number of clients over the next few months and into the new financial year. We are planning to add franchisees to keep up with the increased demand and to ensure our service levels remain top notch.

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ABN Group Update

As of 1 March 2018, ABN Group Builders will no longer allow the use of hand-held concrete powercutters (quickcut or general purpose powercutters) on their sites in wall chasing applications.

These saws are designed for concrete cutting and have a number of associated hazards when used for wall chasing. This includes CO emissions and manual handling issues amongst others.

We fully support this decision and congratulate ABN Group for taking leadership on this important safety issue. They are the first major builder to do so and we believe others will follow. This important change will make the industry safer for all concerned.
We would like to remind our clients that the equipment we use is not included in this ban as it is purpose-designed for wall chasing applications.  Our equipment along with comprehensive operator training is designed to address all of the key hazards associated with this activity.

Protect Yourself From Sillicosis

 

What is silicosis?
Silicosis is a disease of the lungs caused primarily by the breathing of dust containing crystalline silica particles. This dust can cause fibrosis or scar tissue formations in the lungs that reduce the lung’s ability to work to extract oxygen from the air. There is no cure for this disease, thus, prevention is the only answer.

Why is it deadly?
You can be in danger even if you don’t see the dust. When you breathe dust that contains silica, the tiny particles may damage your lungs. Silicosis can form in your lungs in as little as a few weeks of very high dust exposure. Even breathing small amounts over time can cause disease years later. By the time it gets hard to breathe, you are already sick and there is no cure for silicosis. Silica dust may also cause lung cancer or increase your chance of getting tuberculosis – and it has been linked to COPD and other illnesses.”
– HD Supply Safety Updates Booklet, 2018, p. 33.

How can you protect yourself?
The good news is that silicosis is preventable! When wall chasing ensure you use a fully compliant contractor who knows the code and can confidently discuss what is required to keep operators safe. When chasing in-house, you should ensure you are either using water to the blade or a dry vacuum system to help reduce silica exposure. For all conventional wet and dry cutting methods, respirators should always be worn for operator protection as data* shows Australian Standards are quickly exceeded in wall chasing applications.

* Data taken from: Report: Hazards of Quik-Cut Chasing Saw: with Main Focus, the Assessment and Control of Carbon Monoxide Exposure..by David Torr, 2003, p. 43