I’ve been writing posts about power tools and accessories that will help High Rise_Bulldog Closeup_Concrete Drilling into Wallworkers comply with the new requirements issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regarding their amendments to the existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (found in asphalt, brick, cement, concrete, drywall, grout, mortar, stone, sand and tile, just to name a few). Employers covered by the construction standard have until June 23, 2017 to comply with most of these new requirements. (The rule will become enforceable June 23, 2018 for the maritime and general industries.)

And now it’s time to highlight Bosch PRO+GUARD Dust Solutions for concrete drilling and anchoring.

Bosch has done a really good job with making this as simple as possible with a graphic. So I’m not going to go over everything. Just take a look at the table and follow these steps:

  1. Choose the tool that best fits your needs.
  2. Identify the correct attachment that fits your tool.
  3. Choose a HEPA rated dust extractor with the highest CFM and that also meets EPA guidelines.
  4. Determine the approved respirator for your application.


Key Points:

  • Use the VAC090A or VAC140A with the VF120H for dust extraction for hammer drills, SDS-Plus Hammers and SDS-Max and Spline Hammers.
  • Depending on the model # of the tool you’re using, you have your choice of attachments in three categories: Universal Dust Extraction Attachments, Speed Clean SDS-Plus Anchoring Attachments or Speed Clean SDS-Max Anchoring Attachments.

I know it looks complicated with all of the model #’s of the tools and accessories on there, but don’t get overwhelmed!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! And don’t forget to use the approved respirator(s) for your applications!

2 Replies to “OSHA’s 2017 Silica Dust Rule – Bosch Concrete Drilling and Anchoring

  1. You said that we need tools that fit our needs. If I was going to get concrete drilling done I would want to make sure that it was done correctly. Maybe I could speak with a professional about different tools that they use for safety.

    1. Hi John, Safety in any application is top priority. Most companies (like ours!) will make experienced, qualified sales professionals available to visit you on the job site to view your applications and make recommendations that can add additional safety, and in many cases, assist in getting the jobs done quicker and more efficiently, while reducing overhead. Many times we can even provide loaner tools so that you can try what we are recommending to see if in fact what we are recommending will benefit you in your application! If you’re local and would like to have someone come out to your jobsite, let us know!

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