Safety while Sandblasting

Apr 16, 2015 | Publisher: sandblaster-parts | Category: Arts & Entertainment |   | Views: 0 | Likes: 1

• Sandblasting produces a number of health risks from the abrasives being used and the materials being blasted. • Skin exposure or inhalation of toxins such as zinc, lead, and silica can lead to serious health problems, including silicosis, lung cancer, and breathing problems. • Ear and eye protection should always be used to prevent injuries from impact stream, dust, and high noise levels. • Abrasive blasting respirator covering head, neck, & shoulders • Sandblast helmet • Hearing protection • Full gauntlet gloves • Aprons or coveralls • Safety shoes or boots • Respirators filter out contaminants from airborne dust produced during blasting operations. • Different operations and materials result in a variety of dust concentration and size of particles. • “Gas Masks” filter out smaller particles, gases, and chemicals that can bypass the lungs and enter the respiratory system causing more harm. • Air-supplied respirators must be used for any operation where the operator is not separated from the abrasive material. • Air-supplied, sealed helmets are some of the most essential pieces of safety equipment and they should always be worn during sandblasting operations. • Always use a helmet that is fed clean air to prevent inhaling microscopic dust particles. • Helmets should fit well – those that are too big will not provide an effective barrier and will let dust particles inside. • Always use a helmet that is in perfect condition and that has a high-quality filter to prevent fine particles from getting inside. • Only use gloves made from leather, neoprene, or rubber materials that are made specifically for the sandblasting operation you are performing to prevent particles from passing through to your skin. • Gauntlet-style gloves in long lengths create a continuous barrier that prevents dust from entering openings in clothing. • Compatible cabinet-style abrasive blasting gloves should be used when using a sandblasting cabinet, according to the manufacturer recommendations for that cabinet. • Coveralls add great protection from abrasives by covering a much larger body area than an apron. • Lightweight construction makes them comfortable while providing a continuous barrier over a large body area. • Coveralls should always be worn to prevent toxic dust from contacting skin as well as to protect from mechanical impact. • Coveralls should be comfortable and well-fitted for maximum safety . • Safety shoes should always be worn to provide a barrier to dust particles and impact from equipment or other materials that may be dropped. • Specially designed safety shoes give the operator a sturdy hold during the sandblasting process that reduces the potential for accidents. • Regular shoes should never be worn during sandblasting to prevent the possibility of particles coming into contact with the operator’s skin or having an accident from slipping. • Only garments and equipment recommended specifically for sandblasting should be used to provide the appropriate level of protection during every sandblasting application. • Everyone in the area should wear all of the necessary safety equipment, not just the operator. • Dust particles are still a hazard during clean-up and all safety clothing should continue to be worn. Big A’s Place is your online resource for sandblast helmets, abrasive blasting gloves, sandblasting equipment, accessories, and parts. Leading brands and a wide range of sandblasting products create a one-stop shopping place for sandblasting. Visit for more information and to view our inventory. | Safety is critical in any field, but especially a key factor of importance for sandblasting jobs. Our presentations will teach you how to protect yourself from harm on the job.


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