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Learn All About Sandblasting Safety



At the time of send blasting operation, we can’t overlook the safety parameters & also have to prepare some of safety plans before the send blasting operation. Generally, the send blasting operation combines with small parts of larger projects like cleaning, painting or refinishing the surface.

It has seen that many workers expose the hazards of sand blasting operation, if it is being done without adequate protection that may cause a big loss. However, all sandblasting equipment are regularly inspected and properly designed, sand blasting operator will have to be alert because the hazards of sandblasting operations, so it is mandatory to take precautions against the harmful exposures.

Here are the details of the sandblasting hazards that may cause harmful exposures, if some of the safety precautions would not be adopted. Have a look on the following hazards associated with blasting operations.

Airborne dust: This is the biggest hazard associated with sand blasting operation. Before talking about airborne dust hazard, firstly we need to consider the concentration of dust and the particles size. If particles are large size that may consider nuisance dust, it filters out in the throat & noise.

However, the small particles can penetrate deep into the respiratory and bypass the lung's filtering system that may cause serious damage. Therefore Safeguards must be preferred when smaller particles are present in the operation area.

Metals such as lead, manganese and cadmium can be toxic because existing paints keep a lead base. Metal dust contributes to the generation of airborne dust in addition to the abrasive being used. In the operation it requires special handling, trained personnel and medical monitoring.

Silica sand: it is a very serious health hazard; therefore it should not be used as an abrasive. Hence, if it is mandatory to use silica containing materials for any reason, workers must wear pressure demand respirator or a positive pressure with an assigned protection factor. Most importantly, Silica must be contained & disposed of carefully and completely. In case wet blasting method, silica would be allowed to migrate with wind or water, eventually it can become airborne contaminant.

Air Supply: it should be used in following conditions:

1. If working inside of blast cleaning rooms.
2. in case of using portable units without enclosure.
3. When the operator is not physically separated from the abrasive material by an exhausted enclosure.
4. If compressors are used, the intake hose should be placed that area to get clean air.
5. An attendant must be there all the times, for monitoring breathing air and blaster's safety.

Additional protective equipment: sand Blasting operation creates high noise, so hearing problem can be accrued to the operators. Therefore, ear protection is an extreme requirement for operator as well as for the nearby workers.

Meanwhile, an operator must use heavy canvas or leather gloves, leggings or aprons whenever there is appropriate requirement and also safety shoes are mandatory in the sandblasting operation area.

Along with it, a manual cabinet blast cleaners should not use in the area where workers may breathe the dusts. These fully enclosed cabinets are made for the filtration of dust and also re-use the blasting mediums.

Storing & Handling the abrasives: it has seen that dust is always created at any point where abrasives are transferred. Most importantly, workers who handle abrasives manually need to wear particulate filter respirators and all transfer points must be properly exhausted in the sandblasting operation area.
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News Release: Learn All About Sandblasting Safety
Submitted on: December 02, 2017 12:20:49 PM
Submitted by: Rajan Sikka
On behalf of: www.shotblasting.org.in/
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