If you're having work done on your industrial or commercial building, controlling dust and debris is important. Dust may contain asbestos, silica, or other harmful materials, so you need a way to protect your employees as well as your equipment.

An interior protection contractor can help by applying film to the ceiling or by making temporary walls. Here's why you need interior protection when you're getting a new roof or doing other types of construction work in your building.

1. Dust And Debris Can Affect Your Employees' Health

You must keep your building compliant with OSHA regulations for maintaining a healthy working environment. That includes having good air quality in the building. Even if dust doesn't contain health hazards such as silica or asbestos, it can be a respiratory irritant. Construction might release mold spores, sawdust, and dust into the air which affects air quality and makes your employees sick.

You can avoid that by having interior protection film applied where it's needed. The contractor may apply it to the ceiling when you're getting a new roof. This keeps dust and debris from falling into the working area. A film can be applied under ceiling lights and fire sprinklers if needed, and not affect the way they work. When construction is complete, the film is carefully removed from the building.

2. Dust Can Affect Machinery

Even if employees aren't in the area, you'll still need interior protection for your equipment. Dust can get into machinery and cause it to malfunction. You can avoid the need for extensive cleaning and repairs of your equipment by sealing the construction area with interior protection wrap so the equipment is shielded from dust.

By using an interior wrap, the equipment can stay in operation rather than having to be individually wrapped and put out of service while construction is going on.

3. Contaminants Can Affect Your Products

If you produce or package food, beverages, or medications, your products need to be as pure as possible. Besides affecting the machinery in your building, dust and contaminants can affect your products. An interior protection system is temporary, but it is effective at keeping dust and construction debris from floating around your building and affecting the areas where your operations are ongoing.

The contractor knows if you need protection on just the ceiling, walls, or a complete enclosure that has zippered access. If you have a large manufacturing facility, it could take a long time to put a new roof on, so sealing off the spread of dust allows you to work as normally as possible without having to shut your facility down for a long period of time. 

For more information about interior protection, contact a local company.