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Dust Control Drill Bits: A Beginner’s Guide

by Jenny Mae Talaver January 13, 2020

Dust Control Drill Bits: A Beginner’s Guide

Feeling irritated by dust settling around your workshop? Want to work in a more efficient way of drilling without worrying of overlaying debris and dust from the materials you are working on? Ever had an accident such as specks of dirt and dust poking your eye or nose? If so, do not fret because you are not alone. Many DIYers and working professionals alike suffer from dust-filled working conditions. But these can be remedied with the right tools.


Aside from a saw, a drill is one of the most essential tools in the toolset of any workmen or DIYer. It is among the most versatile devices, because it can be attached with different drill bits that cater to different tasks and applications. Particularly, DIYers, hobbyists, and construction professionals use a hammer drill for drilling concrete, stone, brick, hardwood and other hard materials.

RockHardToolz offers a wide variety of different drill bits for hammer drills and other power tools. Drill bits are little tools that one uses in a drill to bore holes into materials, remove layers that would often result to dust and debris flying in every operation. You can find drill bits in varying sizes and shapes.

The RockHardToolz team presents this beginner’s guide on drill bits that control dust and debris particles in any construction site. You can use this to learn how to use dust control drill bits to their greatest advantage – creating a safe mess-free workplace.

In this guide, we shall discuss the following areas of contention:

  1. Overview
  2. How Do Drill Bits With Dust Control Work?
          3. Why is dust control necessary in a construction site?
              4. Tips to Control Dust in a Construction Site
          • Prepare the site
          • Work in open areas
          • Spray water
          • Do regular cleanups
                 5. Conclusion

              How Do Drill Bits With Dust Control Work?

              There is a new type of drill bit in the market. It seeks to answer the issue of dust control in construction sites. Once you have it installed in your drill, it will revolutionize the way you work. More efficient work at a cleaner workplace.


              These are Dust Control Drill Bits. It comes with the SDS drill design. The SDS design is also known as the ‘ Special Direct System’. Drill bits with this design have slots that allow the hammer drill to push the drill bit forward. It moves in a back and forth motion, becoming stronger with each action, while reducing friction between the drill and the material you work on. This unique mechanism saves the worker time, reducing the retooling work done. Thus, the SDS Drill Bit has become a standard for drill bits catering to construction professionals who drill into concrete, brick or other similar materials.


              The SDS techno logy design is unique in that it enabled a safer and faster way to work with a drill. This design was pioneered by Bosch in 1975. Other brands followed suit with this industry standard. Following the invention of the SDS Drill Bits is the stringent regulations for worker safety in construction sites. Specifically in the UK, these are the HSE’s CIS 69 document guidelines.


              Brands of drill bits worldwide innovated to try to solve the problem of harmful dust in construction sites. Using the SDS design, they worked to create a modular drilling system from the highest quality materials. This system is versatile and cost-effective with quicker component removal.


              Dust Control Drill Bits work in a threefold system. They control dust right from the drilling source, increase drilling speed and worker productivity, and comply with OSHA standards for reducing airborne silica dust in construction sites.

              Controls dust right from the drilling source

              The SDS design was improved to incorporate dust control functions right from the drilling source. Specifically, each drill tip has a vented four-cutter design that extracts dust within every hole drilled in each operation. The dust extraction happens instantaneously, as long as the drill is turned on. It draws out dust and debris even after you finish drilling holes. This function that lessens debris also lengthens the drill bit’s working lifespan because it lessens corrosive damages from dust, dirt, and debris.

              Increases drilling speed and productivity

              The traditional drill-blow-brush-blow method requires six steps. These steps are as follows: 1) Drill, 2) Blow, 3) Brush, 4) Blow, 5) Chemical Installation, and 6) Anchor. Approximately, it takes three minutes and eleven seconds to drill one hole. That’s such a long time and so much effort for one hole alone! But thanks to the Dust Control Drill Bits, the process is halved to just over a minute and a half by eliminating the blow-brush-blow steps from the drilling process.

              This speed-upped process of removing dust also increases the drilling speed and accuracy of the created holes. How? It reduces friction between substrate and drill bit. This function also helps in installing anchors because you no longer need to blow the dust from the hole. There are even drill bits that do dust extraction in one step, combining drilling and hole cleaning for faster chemical anchor installation.

              You become more productivity as a worker due to less dust while drilling. The dust removal and drilling process of the Dust Control Drill Bit is able to eliminate up to 90% of airborne silica dust. With this, you can work more efficiently and safer with lessened risk of health hazards from dust processed by your drilling operations.

              OSHA Table 1 Compliant  in reducing airborne silica dust

              The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known more commonly as OSHA, handles the regulations for for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

              Particularly stipulated in OSHA’s guidelines for worker safety in construction sites is the necessity to control dust from crystalline silica. Crystalline silica make up most construction materials such as sand, stone, concrete, mortar, brick and stone. Specifically, the OSHA created tight-clad safeguards for workers against respirable crystalline silica. These are very small particles of dust and debris created from tasks such as utting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica standard for construction requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers.

              OSHA Table 1 matches 18 common construction tasks with effective dust control methods. This includes using water to keep dust from getting into the air or using a vacuum dust collection system to capture dust. The OSHA strictly mandates that workers should not be exposed to respirable crystalline silica above the PEL (permissible exposure limit) of 50 μg/m 3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an 8-hour workday.

              When you equip your hammer drill with the Dust Control Drill Bit, you are able to follow OSHA standards for worker safety against respirable silica.  You limit exposure from this dangerous particle when you clean more efficiently with this type of drill bit. As we’ve discussed before, the process of drilling is faster, smoother, and more efficient with the Dust Control Bit because it drills and removes 90% of the dust at the same time.

              Why Dust Control is important

              Having a clean workplace is essential for productive and efficient work. But how to do that when you work with wood, concrete, or bricks? How do you keep yourself and your workmen safe from debris and dust that can harm their health? How do you ensure a workplace that meets industry standards in worker safety?


              One of the main causes for concern in any construction site – whether it’s a home for renovation, a workshop, or a building site – is exposure to silica dust. Aside from dust from wood, any worker is vulnerable to the debris and dust from cement, concrete, brick, and other similar materials. For anyone who works onsite day-in and day-out, exposure to dust, dirt, and debris is critically dangerous to one’s health. It depends on the material you are working on but be prepared for irritating and unclean to hazardous workspace if you do not control dust enough.


              In particular, dust has adverse effects to the body from the skin to internal organs. You can suffer from itchy rashes and skin asthma from overexposure. If you inhale dust, which is all too easy to do when working, you run the risk of respiratory diseases. Respirable silica dust can travel deep into workers’ lungs, causing a lot of damage that is mostly unseen and undetected that one can be surprised of suffering from debilitating diseases even after years of exposure during working in construction sites.

              Among the critical illnesses that come from exposure to airborne silica dust are:

              • Silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death;
              • Lung cancer;
              • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and
              • Kidney disease.

              This is a serious concern for workers and entrepreneurs in the construction and home improvement industry because this affects a lot. By a lot, I mean, millions of workers. About two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces. Worse, respirable silica is not the only thing that you can expect from dust coming from working in a construction site. It is the amalgamation of many other harmful particles from materials that are present on site. This includes toxic particles of heavy metals, asbestos, and pollen and bacteria.

              Aside from health hazards, dust produced from drilling and other construction tasks is one of the most common factors of environmental pollution (especially air pollution). This in turn widens the scope of the risk from yourself and your workers to others living within the vicinity of your job site.

              Another important reason for dust control is maintaining the efficiency of tools and equipment on and off-work. Dust can sometimes get through leaks in the equipment, so it is crucial to have a tool that acts as a dust collector. One such tool is the Dust Control Drill Bit, designed to capture and contain silica dust and keep you and those around your work area from developing breathing problems.   

              If you use Dust Control Drill Bits, you effectively remove the potentially harmful dust and debris created when drilling into concrete, brick and block substrates - before it reaches the air that we breathe.

              Tips to Control Dust in a Construction Site

              Controlling dust is crucial in working in construction tasks. As said earlier, you need to control dust to keep yourself and any workers you have safe from airborne illnesses. Whether you’re renovating a building or constructing a new house, you need to pay attention to how much dust and dirt you have in your workplace. Do not wait until there is an excess of dust and dirt traveling through the air on your job site. Take actionable steps to keep dust from harming you and your productivity.


              Even before beginning the construction project, plan on how you will lessen the amount of respirable dust that can affect you and others working with you. Here are some tips to help you get started in controlling dust in any construction site.

              Prepare the place you will work on, especially with protective gear.

              Depending on the type of construction or renovation prohect you will work on, preparing the site for any drilling or construction task is necessary. You can start the preparation by cleaning up the entire area. Sweep floors, vacuum even the tightest corners to scoop up as much dust as possible. Before you even use a tool for dust removal, try to clean the place up and keep it dust-free on your own.

              After a good thorough cleaning of the area, you can use protective gear to contain the dust. One popular product is plastic sheeting. You can place them on the floors and ceilings of your workplace. These sheets help contain any dust that comes about as a result of construction. They’re so popular because of the ease and convenience of installing and taking it off. They’re quick and easy to take down and clean up. They are also great for protecting hard surfaces and carpets. 

              Aside from plastic sheeting, you can also get accessory kits. Accessory kits can help site dust control through zipper closures. These zipper closures keep the dust contained in one area. Don’t like accessory kits? Cover the area with either painters tape or pre-taped drop cloths.

              Wear protective gear while working.

              Included in OSHA industry standards is the need to wear protective gear while working. Wear helmets. Use protective eyeglasses to protect your eyes from debris and dust that could sting or distract you from work. Wear long clothes such as long sleeved tops and pants to protect your skin from any irritation coming from respirable silica. Most importantly, wear a dust mask to keep yourself from inhaling the dangerous  dust particles in your workplace.


              Work in open areas.

              Work in areas where air can circulate beyond your workspace. If possible, do your drilling outside. This will help you lessen the risks of inhaling dust while working since it’s less concentrated. If you work in a small enclosed space, you run the risk of inhaling respirable silica and debris faster.

              Spray water over your site before, during, and after working.

              This is the most cost-efficient dust control method. You can do this in any way you prefer. As opposed to other methods, watering the sites where you will work on is popular with all workers because water is the most available resource. You should apply water at least thrice a day to control dust. But to really take advantage of water in controlling stray airborne particles, spray water over the site before you work, in regular intervals while working, and after working.

              Regularly cleanup

              Last but not the least, you need to keep your workspace clean regularly. Keep it dust-free even after working. All the more, you should control dust after the work to ensure that dust will not lie and settle in the area. After you finish drilling, clean up the area you worked on. Sweep the dust and debris that fell to the floor. Vacuum stubborn dirt that cling to the ground. If you have money to invest, get a shop vacuum with a double filter system to prevent yourself from inhaling the dust you are cleaning off.


              Dust control is very necessary to create a productive workplace with safe and satisfied workers, whether it is just yourself or others involved in the business. You can help control the harmful dust in your job site by using a tool specifically designed to remove dust. One such tool is the Dust Control Drill Bit. It complies with OSHA safety standards and also is built with the topnotch quality from long years of experience and high-grade materials.

              RockHardToolz offers its own Dust Control Drill Bit whose efficiency can rival expensive models of name brands. Made by the same factories as name brands but available to you at the fraction of the cost. RockHardToolz prides itself as the brand of premium quality tools at affordable prices.

              Rockhard Dust Control Drill Bits has the following features:

              • Works in a rotary hammer drill
              • Designed with a 4-cutter head and two suction holes
              • Drills cleaner and faster with less vibrations
              • Comes in a SDS Plus and SDS Max varieties
              • Can be used to drill concrete, reinforced concrete, stone, aggregates and masonry.
              Jenny Mae Talaver
              Jenny Mae Talaver

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