Road Dust Control
How Much Does Dust Control Cost?
A complex issue with many influencing factors
A complex issue with many influencing factors
Midwest has spent the past 40+ years establishing itself as the market leader in industrial dust control products and solutions by developing dust control programs with clearly-defined efficiency goals in mind. Too many dust control vendors want to sell a dust control product by the gallon and be done with it, leaving you to deal with the unanticipated costs of inefficient or ineffective dust control.
We believe you should never have to invest in a solution upfront without getting a clear idea of what it will cost, what the results will be, and how long those results will last. Truly effective dust control is a tall order, and it's not one you can or should take on alone. In order to understand the true cost of dust control — and thus how best to approach the project — you first need to understand how to measure it. Midwest is a partner in that process.
How Long Does Dust Control Last?
Pre-determine duration and control efficiency
Dust control can work for one day, one week, one month or one year. A dust control program should be designed with your objectives clearly understood. Two critical objectives to answer are:
- How long do I need dust control?
- What level of consistent dust control reduction do I need?
Because dust control solutions must be reapplied at given intervals, an effective dust control program aims to meet its objectives over a pre-established period of time, and a pre-established level of control efficiency (meaning a constant level of dust reduction).
The level of dust control required for each area of a site will largely depend on its traffic flows, traffic loading, spillage, track-on and contamination sources.
We believe “one size does not fit all.” Experience tells that product chemistry, soil types and industrial factors are critical to product selection.
A good dust control vendor will sit down with its customers to determine the necessary level of dust control for each constituent element of the site, as well as the required duration of the dust control program.
My Dust Control Failed, Why?
Application of the product is 60% of the success
Why Dust Control Program Over Product?
Dust control products are rarely executed well in the field
Dust Control has great promise but rarely meets expectations:
- Performance is exaggerated or misstated
- Price per gallon drives decision making
- Success metrics are rarely defined
Midwest will assess your site, and gather critical data and information about your road or site, such as traffic flows, traffic loading, spillage, track-on and contamination sources, because we believe “one size does not fit all.” Experience tells that product chemistry, soil types and industrial factors are critical to product selection.
We can’t state this fact strongly enough - successful dust control is 40% product, and 60% how you apply it.
How Does a Managed Program Work?
Dust control is a critical business process that needs to be managed
Like any other industrial process that involves people, dust control must be managed — and if you design your dust control program with clearly-defined efficiency goals in mind, you’ll be sure to reap the rewards.An efficient dust control program includes a quoted cost per square foot and desired control efficiency for a given program duration, and you should hold your vendor accountable on that basis.
Midwest offers Managed Service Programs that include:
- site evaluation
- site strategy
- program design
- success metrics
Midwest Managed Service Programs offer a complete, outsourced turnkey operation that lasts over the course of the dust control season. Or, Midwest can supply you with training and on-going support for an insourced program.
Will Your Dust Control Vendor Share the Risk?
Defining success and sharing risk - The Midwest Way
Too many dust control companies want their entire payment upfront. Not Midwest. You should never have to invest all your money upfront without evidence that your dust control solution is working.So before starting a program, Midwest always runs a trial on approximately 25% of the area in your industrial complex. Because we think it is best to “crawl, walk, run” with new customers as we learn the specific challenges and needs of your site.
In addition, Midwest offers different “risk share” payment structures to help offset the heavy upfront investment that can be required of dust control programs. Costs can be billed equally, each month over the course of the season. This means if the program is unsuccessful, we share in the risk.
Midwest handles the dust, and allows the Keystone team to focus on what we do best. We don’t worry any more about dust emissions and environmental compliance because Midwest’s team communicates proactively with us to make sure all of our dust control needs are taken care of. We count them as our dust control partner, and they live up to their slogan because at Keystone, we “Consider it Done.”
-- Chad Erdmann, Manager of Environmental Engineering, Keystone Steel & Wire