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DEC 21, 2015

Sandblasting Hazards to Avoid

Sandblasting is a safe, effective surface preparation solution, take suitable precautions before, during, and after the process, and this is a very efficient coating groundwork method.

Used in many sectors, including industrial, commercial or marine applications, sandblasting or shot blasting as it is sometimes referred to, is particularly useful for removing paint and other coatings from surface areas.     

Generally, this is a safe solution, in most instances injuries only occur when guidelines are ignored or health and safety precautions are abused or misused, these are some of the hazards to avoid.         

Dust

Surface preparation is a dusty business, this is unavoidable when you use blasting abrasives on stone, brick or other types of building materials, dust will fly into the air, and this can be hazardous to your health, especially if you breathe it in. Therefore, it is critical to wear blast hoods and breathing apparatus that help to protect the airways during the blasting process, respirators, face masks and personal protection equipment is needed to prevent dangers to health. 

Noise

Sandblasting is a noisy business, used for surface preparation processes blasting equipment is extremely audible, this can lead to potential dangers such as hearing loss if exposed to shot blasting for too long without suitable protection. Wear earplugs or ear defenders during sandblasting, especially if you are working within enclosed spaces, they help to protect hearing during surface preparation and prevent problems from occurring later on.                  

Physical contact

It goes without saying that under no circumstances should you expose any part of your body to the blasting stream during surface preparation work.  Expose skin or limbs to high-pressure air mixed with blasting abrasives and the results can be devastating, with severe injuries caused, coupled to excruciating pain. Long sleeves and protective gloves should be worn during sandblasting and care has to be taken to prevent any part of the body coming into contact with blast media.   

Take care operating sandblasting equipment and not only will you be safe, the results should be very impressive too. If you need advice about equipment or want to order products designed specifically for sandblasting, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Blastrite.   

Created on 21st December 2015
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