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Sandblasting and Safety

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by byersbushblog

Sandblasting. The word itself brings images of grains of sand pummelling an object at a swift speed. The term offers no sense of safety, especially since it contains “blasting.” Sandblasting does live up to the connotation of the word, so our experienced sandblasters take good care to work in the safest environment possible.

 

Why Sandblasting is So Helpful

Sandblasting is a useful service for prepping metals and other materials before they are powder coated. The technique can make an older, worn out object look like new again. If the procedure is not conducted with the right safety gear, sandblasters can suffer from many physical problems. Sandblasting has been known to irritate the eyes, damage the skin and lungs, and increase the risk of cancer from inhaling the irritants that exist in the media. At Byers Bush, safety is our top priority so we outfit our employees with top notch safety gear.

 

Blasting Masks

When our sandblasters are busy at work, they always wear a blasting mask. The mask covers the entire head, much like the mask of a beekeeper. The biggest difference between the beekeeper and sandblaster masks is that the sandblaster mask has a sealed air supply, so the sandblaster does not have to worry about breathing in toxic air. The sandblaster’s mouth is covered as well as the eyes so keep the media from flying in and causing damage. The mask also covers the neck and the rest of the face with a bib-like extension. Many masks have eye protection in a tinted color depending on the light that are used in the factory. The masks also come with clear eye protection, too.

 

Blasting Suits

Along with the blasting mask, our sandblasters also wear a blasting suit made out of a durable, heavy duty textile. The suit covers the entire body with the exception for the head which is covered with the heavy duty blasting mask. The suit is made of a fabric that is tightly woven so the particles from the media have no chance to break through the suit and irritate the skin. Blasting suits often have thicker protection at the chest, because of the proximity of the sandblasting tools. Others are made to be extremely thick in all areas of the suit.

 

Hand Protection

The hands need protection, but they also need some flexibility. Sandblasters need to be able to use the machinery, so their gloves are made from flexible, yet heavy duty leather or other textiles. The non-leather textiles are designed to avoid having any media from the sandblaster slide through to the hands. The gloves also keep the sandblaster’s hands from injuries and cuts, as well as irritations.

 

Sturdy Shoes

The feet also need protection and sandblasters cannot wear any old pair of shoes. It is important that the shoes are sturdy and that they fit well. They should cover the feet without any chance of media slipping through them.

 

Ear Protection and Ventilation

Along with blasting suits and head wear, gloves, and safe shoes, our sandblasters also wear ear protection due to the loud noises from the tools. We also provide our sandblasters with a well-ventilated, yet isolated space that is dedicated just to sandblasting. We also take great pride in making sure that the safety gear is inspected on a regular basis and replaced when necessary. Our safety protocols have helped us provide sandblasting and powder coating services to our customers in the South-Central Ontario region for four decades. Our sandblaster has been working in the industry for 12 years.

 

When you are in need of sandblasting services, please contact us at 905-625-4334.

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