Monday, April 17, 2017

Nilfisk Provides Silica Dust Control with the Industry’s Only Integrated Floor-to-Ceiling Solution


Contact: Patty Gibbs
Patty Gibbs & Company

Nilfisk Provides Silica Dust Control with the Industry’s Only Integrated Floor-to-Ceiling Solution

BROOKLYN PARK, Minnesota—April 6, 2017— The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its respirable crystalline silica exposure standards in an effort to protect workers from a range of life-threatening and deadly diseases. By September 23, 2017, more than 600,000 construction-related workplaces must comply with those new standards, and Nilfisk, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment, offers the only integrated floor-to-ceiling silica dust control solution to assist them with compliance.

According to OSHA’s new standards, which reduce the silica dust permissible exposure limit (PEL) to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift, employers must use a number of engineering controls and work practices to limit that exposure.

With its floor-to-ceiling solution, Nilfisk can help companies address controls and practices specifically related to dust containment systems, wet methods, and high-efficient particulate air (HEPA) filtrated equipment and vacuums, and help meet OSHA’s requirement that all construction employers “restrict housekeeping practices that expose workers to silica where feasible alternatives are available.”

“Within its standards, OSHA clearly states that housekeeping practices play a critical role in reducing silica dust exposure,” said Andrew Ray, president, Americas, with Nilfisk. “With our integrated solution of Advance and Nilfisk brand products that includes industrial scrubbers, sweepers and vacuums that clean floors, walls and ceilings, Nilfisk is the only cleaning equipment manufacturer poised to most effectively assist construction companies with their OSHA compliance and positively impact worker safety as it relates to silica dust exposure.”

More specifically, Nilfisk’s robust offering of industrial cleaning equipment includes Advance brand scrubbers, sweepers, and combination scrubber/sweepers that allow for wet-method cleaning and that offer optional DustGuard or DustClear™ dust control technologies; and HEPA-filtered vacuums that can be connected to power tools including sanders and grinders to capture dust particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Exposure to silica dust, which in the construction field can occur when workers perform common tasks involving top soil, brick, concrete, stone, asphalt, and drywall, can cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. OSHA estimates that about two million construction workers are currently exposed to respirable crystalline silica, 840,000 of them at levels that exceed the new permissible exposure limit.

More information about Nilfisk’s integrated floor-to-ceiling silica dust control solution can be found at

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Put Away That Mop

Big ideas for small space cleaning.
Cleaning cramped, high traffic areas has always been a challenge for convenience stores, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, gas stations—any place where space is at a premium. Now there are three new solutions designed to clean those small spaces fast, without the mess and slip-and-fall hazards of mops and buckets: the Advance SC100™, SC250™ and SC351™ Micro Scrubbers.

The Advance SC100™ is an upright scrubber designed to make cleaning faster and easier than using a mop and bucket.  With a 12-inch cleaning path, the SC100 is designed to maneuver where other scrubbers can’t, and with a tank that dispenses only clean solution, it won’t spread dirt around like mops and buckets.

The SC250™ is a 13.5-inch wide micro scrubber powered by a lithium battery. Operating at an exceptionally quiet 66 dB A, it allows your cleaning crews to work in the daytime and clean in noise-sensitive areas. It also boasts single-pass, sweep-scrub-and-dry performance to remove dirt and debris quickly. This is also ideal for those quick cleanups.
A drier surface helps prevent slips and falls.
There’s another big advantage to these revolutionary Advance cleaners besides their compact size and easy maneuverability. They don’t leave a wet surface behind like mops do that can make your floors dangerous. Using innovative Advance technologies, all three scrubbers clean and dry in a single step. 

Both scrubbers also feature two solution flow settings to provide more efficient cleaning, convenient dosing caps to regulate detergent usage and reduce costs, and easy-to-remove recovery tanks that make emptying dirty water easier.
A bigger, better micro.
Then there’s the new Advance SC351™ Battery-Operated Micro Scrubber: the only battery-operated micro scrubber with true forward and reverse water pickup.

Featuring Advance’s exclusive rotating deck with integrated squeegee—an industry first—the SC351 allows your cleaning crews to clean and dry your floors in all directions. They can push the machine forward and clean like a normal scrubber or, with a simple flip of the handle, they can make the deck rotate for reverse scrubbing and pickup.

But this breakthrough in scrubbing technology doesn’t stop there. It’s engineered to accommodate a wide range of cleaning applications from convenience stores and schools to health care, restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. With its easy-to-use operator functions, enhanced vacuum performance and diverse operating modes, it can do more than any other small scrubber in its class.

Mops may not be obsolete yet, but with these three micro scrubbers from Advance, the end is definitely nearer.