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5 Safety Precautions You Should Take When Shotblasting

Shot blasting is a commonly used method of cleaning the surface metal or similar materials in workshops and factories. However, like any process which includes the use of heavy duty machinery, there are a number of safety precautions that must be taken to protect those carrying out the process and others around them.

In this blog post we outline the top five safety precautions that should be taken by those performing or in contact with shot blasting.

Hearing Protection

Shot blasting involves the high speed firing of minute particles of abrasive material such as metal at a larger surface to change its properties. This means that the process itself is relatively loud. As such, the person performing the shot blasting and those in the near vicinity should wear suitable hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs.

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Goggles

Because shot blasting physically removes the surface layer of a material it is important for those in close contact to wear suitable eye protection such as goggles or glasses. This will prevent the possibility of material fragments coming into contact with the eyes, which as a worst case scenario could lead to the loss of sight.

Masks

As mentioned, in the shot blasting process small fragments and dust will inevitably be present in the atmosphere. Some of the materials present may be harmful to the lungs and more generally to breathing. Therefore it is very important when performing shot blasting that everyone in the room wears a mask to prevent breathing in potentially harmful materials.

Protective Clothing

Because shot blasting has the ability to remove the top layer from metal and similarly hard materials, it also has the potential to come into contact with (and harm) the skin. As a precautionary measure it is recommended that those carrying out shot blasting should wear protective clothing such as gloves and long sleeved tops to ensure minimal damage if the skin were to come into contact with the abrasive blast material.

Safe Area

Because of the risk posed by shot blasting, it is important to control the area in which it is carried out. Everyone in close proximity to the procedure should take the above measures of precaution, but it is also important to ensure that the shot blasting is carried out in an area, such as a closed off room, where no outsiders will come into unexpected contact with dust and rogue fragments.

Shot blasting is a highly effective method for cleaning and changing the surface texture of materials. If you would like to know more about shot blasting, or the safety precautions that should be taken when using the machinery, get in touch with  shot blast machine today!

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