Airborne pollutants generated across a number of industries are proven health hazards that lead to the development of various respiratory diseases in Australia. Greater awareness as well as control and preventive measures have certainly brought down pollution levels; however, the construction industry can still look for new ways to reduce airborne hazards.

Building sites are continuously exposed to respirable airborne dust, especially during sanding. The volume of this dust can now be reduced with new SHEETROCK Dust Control joint compound from USG Boral.

A first of its kind for the Australian construction industry, SHEETROCK Dust Control is tested to USA’s National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Method 0600, and produces respirable airborne dust at levels lower than the USA’s current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs), which are lower than the PELs set by Safe Work Australia.

Building contractors can now protect their workers by using USG Boral’s Dust Control joint compound, which helps to mitigate dust and adds an extra layer of protection for everyone on site.

“Dust Control has been designed to reduce the amount of respirable airborne dust during the sanding process,” said Tim Harrington, compounds category manager at USG Boral. “The dust particles are heavier, and tend to fall straight to the ground, and respond better to the vacuum in power sanders, rather than creating fine, flyaway dust that is more likely to get in the ears and eyes, and be inhaled. This new product has been designed with the health and safety of our customers in mind.”

Ideal for both new builds and renovation projects, where furniture often needs to be removed or covered, Dust Control also makes clean-up easier and faster.

Dust Control’s formulation glides on effortlessly with a trowel, roller or sprayer, weighs up to 25 per cent less than conventional USG Boral joint compounds, and is less inclined to shrinkage.

“Dust Control has been trialled locally and the results have been outstanding,” commented Harrington. “Prior to the release of SHEETROCK Dust Control, we asked a selection of plastering specialists to use the product on existing projects. The feedback has been extremely positive. The product not only minimises the dust generated by sanding, it is also an exceptional finishing compound.”

One 19L bucket of SHEETROCK Dust Control will cover approximately 36 square metres of plasterboard.