- Sandblasting operators need to wear respiratory masks. This is because of the danger of inhaling small particles of dust that can cause irreversible and lasting damage in the operators lungs. Metals can also be found in the dust if during metal abrasion, and respiratory gear must be used when sandblasting metallic painted surfaces. These paints have metallic bases that can damage the lungs and seep into the operators bloodstream. It is important that all sandblasting operators wear respirators, which are expensive, but will ensure that the operator receives clean breathable air all of the time.
- Sandblasting can cause damage to exposed skin, so it is important that the operator wears protective clothing, particularly for his/her hands. Heavy canvas gloves and protective overalls and boots are a requirement. Ear plugs also assist in safeguarding the operators ears from the constant noise during sandblasting operations. A blast apron is also a good investment, and further protects the operator.
- During the sandblasting exercise, operators must ensure that no one in the vicinity is without a respirator and protective gear. This is important in maintaining sandblasting safety.
- Take note of the area in which sandblasting takes place. Ensure that blasting chambers' ventilation is properly cleaned before and after sandblasting.
- Inspect hose lines before and after sandblasting. This includes hoses between the air compressor and the abrasives pot, as well as hoses between the abrasives pot and the nozzle of which the operator uses.
- It is important that a second operator monitors the abrasives pot and the compressor during operation. Both members of the two-man team must ensure that they wear the correct safety equipment.
- Before using the sandblasting nozzle, the operator must check that the dead-man trigger operates correctly.
Sandblasting is an important function of the construction process, and without sandblasting buildings, metal constructs and a number of other infrastructural establishments would simply go incomplete. But sandblasting is a dangerous task that requires safety measures to ensure the health and safety of sandblaster operators. Here are a few of the sandblasting safety procedures that sandblaster operators will need to be aware of before operating their machinery.
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