Tips for Choosing the Right Safety Equipment and Safety Procedures
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Tips for choosing the best blast hose, couplings, operator safety equipment and carbon monoxide monitor-alarms, as well as how to properly prepare blast operators.
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: To do a job right, you need the right equipment. This is especially true for abrasive blasting.
This article outlines how to evaluate which safety equipment and safety procedures are best for a typical abrasive blasting job. However, before choosing equipment or establishing safety procedures, evaluate the target surface and the worksite environment, perform a job hazard analysis, and assess the goals of the job.
1. Blast Hose and Couplings
Always use appropriately sized, good quality, static-dissipating blast hose that is manufactured for abrasive blasting and rated at the appropriate working pressure. The blast hose ID should be at least three times the size of the nozzle orifice.
2. Operator Safety Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for blasters and everyone in the work area, including NIOSH-approved respiratory protection. No dust is safe to breathe! Use an air-fed helmet that not only furnishes breathing air but that also muffles noise, allows an unobstructed field of vision, and protects the operator’s head and face from rebounding abrasive,
More Info: Operator Safety Equipment
Air filters, safety cable, couplings, air pumps, light-duty and heavy-duty blast suits, Beacon Blast Lights, screens, supplied-air respirators, and more. Whatever you need for safe, comfortable, compliant abrasive blasting, Clemco has you covered. Find out which Clemco safety equipment you need for your jobs.
3. Carbon Monoxide Monitor-Alarms
These devices trigger audible, visual and/or vibratory alarms after they detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in the breathing-air supply of a supplied-air respirator. CO can be produced by oil-lubricated compressors or by motor or engine exhaust that enters the intake of a compressor or ambient air pump.
Learn More: Carbon Monoxide Monitor-Alarms
Clemco offers three types of carbon monoxide monitor-alarms, including the state-of-the-art CMS-4, which has a one-of-a-kind design that quickly attaches inside a respirator helmet and that enables operators to self-monitor their carbon monoxide exposure:
4. Properly Prepared Operators + The Right Equipment = Successful Abrasive Blasting
Just like any other task in life, knowledge, experience, and proper training are essential to abrasive blasting. OSHA regulations state that employers are responsible for training operators and for supplying all necessary PPE. Employers also must establish a safety program and ensure that their workers follow safe practices on every job. OSHA’s regulations reinforce that the best way to guarantee a safe, efficient, and productive abrasive blasting operation is to use properly trained, properly protected operators who have the right equipment for the job.
Learn More: Successful Abrasive Blasting
For more information about efficient and safe abrasive blasting, download the following Clemco eBooks:
- Abrasive Blasting Safety Practices
- Blast Off 2
- 3 Tips for Avoiding Poor Blast Machine Performance
Take the Next Step
If you have questions about the safety equipment or safety procedures discussed in this article, Clemco can connect you with a local Clemco distribution partner who will answer your questions.