Frequently Asked Questions about DustPRO™
How successful is DustPRO™ treated proppant in reducing respirable crystalline silica?
Results show that DustPRO™ consistently meets both the current and proposed OSHA standards.
What advantages does DustPRO™ proppant have over mechanical silica dust control systems?
DustPRO™ proppant has numerous advantages over mechanical silica dust control systems:
- Operations may remain uncovered, with unlimited access to blender and belt areas
- Conveniently and safely access critical equipment
- Eliminate dozens of unsafe tripping hazards
- Eliminate hauling bulky, burdensome equipment to and from your well site
- Schedule your job without the added cost and hassle of waiting for your vacuum or downtime waiting for its repair
- Eliminate the need to dispose of toxic silica flour
Wellsite with dust collection system:
No additional equipment with DustPRO™:
How would you describe the product that is applied? Is the product inert?
DustPRO™ is a unique, high performance formulation containing inert, non-hazardous acrylic polymer with a biodegradable surfactant system including fluorescent marking technology. MSDS is available upon request.
How does DustPRO™ perform in extreme weather conditions?
DustPRO™ was developed to perform in extreme weather conditions and can withstand temperatures of minus -35.7°C (-32°F). It should be noted that DustPRO™’s application process is contained and heated throughout.
What does DustPRO™ require onsite?
DustPRO™ does not require any additional equipment or manpower at the wellsite. DustPRO™ is designed to be a hassle free product that mitigates silica exposure and removes the need for bulky engineering controls at the frac site. The product can be applied directly at the terminal or at the sand mine to protect workers from silica exposure throughout the entire supply chain.
Is DustPRO™’s Preferred DC Technology compatible with frac fluids? Will it alter proppant characteristics?
DustPRO™’s proprietary Preferred DC Technology is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and non-hazardous. DustPRO™’s base chemistry is compatible with frac fluids and will not alter proppant substrate characteristics.
Proppant Analysis: Untreated 30/50 NW vs. DustPRO™ 30/50 NW
DustPRO™ 30/50 NW & Untreated 30/50 NW:
What QC measures are in place to differentiate between untreated sand and DustPRO™ treated sand when it arrives to the frac site?
The DOW Marker Technology illuminates DustPRO™ product with a black light to verify that the product is coated.