Safety has never been my middle name — everyone knows this. For better or worse, I tend to be more wary of the obvious things that mangle/hurt/kill me quickly than the equally-dangerous slow ones. For instance, a rotary tool near my face spinning at 35,000 rpm warrants a face shield. But for slow-moving risks such as lead paint, Kett is building tools like the KSV-432 to try to reign in the danger and keep the EPA happy as well.
The press release focuses on the recent EPA findings on lead paint and the fines that could come with non-compliance.
Kett Vacuum Saws Help Remodelers Comply with New EPA Lead Hazards Ruling -Contractors and remodelers who are facing the EPA’s new Final Ruling on lead, remodeling, repair and painting can be aided in becoming compliant when using Kett Tool’s KSV-432 vacuum saw with a HEPA filtered shop vacuum. The ruling requires that contractors, remodelers, painters, plumbers and other tradesmen be EPA-certified and follow detailed work and safety practices to prevent lead contamination and poisoning…
… The EPA Final Ruling is based on a federal agency study to determine what home remodeling, repair and renovation activities create hazardous lead dust, which is especially harmful to children. The new ruling applies to all paid renovators who work on homes and childcare facilities built prior to 1978. Fines as high as $37,500 per day can apply if EPA rules are not followed.
So Kett has a $500 drywall saw/drill that features a metal shroud and a port on the side that connects to a Shop-Vac with HEPA filter that can “aid” you in compliant work practices. The respirator, full-body suit, gloves, HEPA filter and Shop-Vac in the photo are all sold separately, of course.
I understand both the need for compliance and safety; however, couldn’t much of this same effect be achieved by using dust collection with a HEPA on a Roto-zip, worm-drive, or other type of saw? You’d come out way under $500 and I’m guessing get most of the benefit (though the suit could double as a Halloween costume of one of the government guys out to kidnap E.T.).
Am I missing something important here? Let me know in comments.