Overview of the New MSHA Ruling 


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced a crucial update to the silica dust exposure regulations, effective from June 17, 2024. This ruling mandates stricter limits on silica dust exposure to safeguard miners and workers in related industries against severe health risks like silicosis and lung cancer. Aggregate and sand plants must adapt swiftly, as they have 24 months from the enactment date to fully comply with the new standards.


Advanced Compliance Solutions 

To aid in compliance with these new regulations, implementing state-of-the-art dust control systems from leading manufacturers like DSI and Trellex is critical. Here’s how these solutions can make a significant difference:


1. DSI Dusttamer Wind Fence System: 

Function: Dusttamer Wind Fences are engineered to control wind speed and direction, which significantly reduces the amount of airborne dust by containing it within the designated areas.

Benefits: This solution effectively reduces the migration of dust particles across large areas, ensuring that silica levels are kept under control. The reduction in wind-borne dust also leads to lower water and energy usage in dust suppression efforts.

Why Dusttamer: DSI’s technology is tailored to provide maximum dust control efficiency while being adaptable to various operational environments, making it an ideal choice for compliance with the new MSHA regulations.


2. Trellex Dust Control Systems: 

Function: The Trellex system offers a comprehensive approach to dust control, using customized components that create a nearly 100% dust seal around machinery and transfer points.

Benefits: Besides significantly reducing dust, these systems contribute to a better work environment, decrease wear and corrosion on equipment, enhance maintenance safety, and even lower noise levels by up to 10-12 decibels.

Why Trellex: Trellex systems are designed for durability and effectiveness, providing a versatile solution adaptable to various environmental conditions and operational needs.


3. DSI NESCO Dust Control Solutions: 

Function: NESCO provides a variety of dust suppression tools, including spray systems and chemical treatments, designed to meet the specific needs of the mining and aggregate sectors.

Benefits: These systems help maintain lower levels of respirable dust, thereby ensuring compliance with new regulations and protecting worker health.

Why NESCO: With the flexibility to be tailored to different operational requirements, NESCO’s solutions are ideal for plants needing customizable dust control strategies.


Why Compliance Matters 

Adhering to these new regulations is not merely about legal conformity but protecting your workforce from hazardous health risks associated with silica dust. Investing in high-quality dust control systems enhances overall workplace safety, operational efficiency, and long-term sustainability.


Call to Action 

Ensure your operations are in compliance with the new MSHA regulations. Connect with Process Machinery Inc. today to explore how our cutting-edge solutions can safeguard your workers and help your plant meet stringent dust control standards. Call us at 1-800-860-1523 for more information, or request a detailed quote directly through our quote page. Click here for quote.


By integrating these advanced solutions, your plant will not only comply with the MSHA’s new regulations but also set a standard in operational excellence and worker safety.