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Do You Really Know What’s in Your Dust Control Products?

What’s really in the dust control products you’re buying? It’s a fair question. It’s also one that Soilworks is more than happy to answer.
When it comes to dust control products, it's always best to insist on a product's certificate of analysis, instead of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). A certificate of analysis is not only more reliable, it's legally binding. At Soilworks, we’ll happily give you copies of any certificate of analysis that we possess.

But first, it’s important to understand the difference between forms of proof when it comes to dust control products. After all, you want to be certain that you’re buying what you need and you’re getting what you buy.


Many people (and many companies) incorrectly believe that an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a good barometer of the chemical makeup of the products they buy.

But using an MSDS isn’t a good representation of what’s actually in the products you’re buying. An MSDS is a requirement of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association). These sheets have one major purpose: to offer safe handling procedures in order to improve the level of safety in any workplace.

But is that enough? The answer is no.

Certificates of Analysis

A MSDS is not the only (or best) way to understand what’s in the dust control products you’re buying. Companies are known to withhold details regarding the contents and/or solids contents on their MSDS documents.

A better determination of a product’s contents is a certificate of analysis. This type of document is not only more reliable, it’s also legally binding. That makes a big difference.

By definition, a certificate of analysis verifies whether a company adheres to its product specifications. With a certificate of analysis, you get something more: actual test results performed on your batch of a product.

As you may imagine, such a document provides a level of credibility that’s irrefutable. It provides a level of transparency that any business owner or customer can feel good about.

Which is why any manufacturer should be more than willing to provide such a document. At Soilworks, we’ll happily give you copies of any certificate of analysis that we possess. Is your vendor willing to do that?

Our Criteria

But Soilworks doesn’t just offer you proof of our authenticity, we also voluntarily test every batch of product that we deliver. And our in-house quality assurance and quality control laboratory can test for many different things including:

  • Adsorption & Penetration
  • Brittleness
  • Color
  • Compressive Strength
  • Cure Time
  • Density
  • Film Forming Temperature
  • Filterable Solids & Grit
  • Flexural Strength
  • Microbial Contamination
  • pH
  • Pressure Sensitivity
  • Shear Strength
  • Solids & Volatiles
  • Strength & Adhesion
  • Viscosity

Why do we go through these tests over and over again? Because it’s important that you understand what’s in our products and what’s in the products you’re currently buying. It can make a difference and you should know before you buy.

For instance, are the solids in the polymer products you buy “active” or are they simply inactive fillers? What type of fillers might be present? Believe it or not, these things matter.


At Soilworks, we care about the products that we produce and we care about you. We want to be as open and transparent as possible. That’s how we’ve become the first company to have a synthetic copolymer pass the rigorous standards of the highly coveted and prestigious Certificate of Conformity from BNQ for its eco-friendly formula.

Certification by BNQ is an exacting process that requires complete transparency and top-tier products that can hold up to rigid testing protocols.

Our Soiltac product now joins our Durasoil formula as the industry’s only suite of non-corrosive, eco-friendly and highly effective dust control products to pass BNQ.

Last year, Durasoil became the first synthetic fluid dust suppressant ever to be awarded the highly coveted BNQ certification for its superior eco-friendly formula.

BNQ is the strictest and most demanding standard that consumers can trust. That means you can trust our products to be what we say they are. In the end, that’s just as important as how well a dust control product works.

At Soilworks, it’s clear who’s being transparent. Can your vendor say the same thing?

Chad Falkenberg

Chad Falkenberg is the founder, chairman and CEO of Soilworks, the world’s leading provider of dust control and soil stabilization solutions. Falkenberg founded Soilworks on strict philosophy of establishing the industry’s standards for superior performance, accountability and environmental stewardship.



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