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Abrasive blasting uses compressed air or water to direct a high-speed stream of an abrasive material to clean an object or surface, remove burrs, apply a texture, or prepare a surface for paint or another type of coating
Abrasive material and the surface being blasted may contain toxic materials that are hazardous to workers, such as lead paint and silica.
Companies should provide workers with training on blasting health and safety hazards, how to use controls, personal hygiene practices, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirator use.
Before beginning work, companies should identify the hazards and assign a knowledgeable person trained to recognize hazards who has the authority to quickly take corrective action to eliminate them.
Using engineering and administrative controls, PPE, including respiratory protection, and training can protect workers involved in abrasive blasting activities.
Examples of Engineering controls
Administrative controls are
Abrasive blasting creates high levels of noise that can cause substantial hearing loss:
Abrasive blasting can create many hazards that are harmful to workers, including high levels of dust and noise. Be aware of the hazards associated with abrasive blasting, and always wear the proper PPE.
If the process is not completely isolated from the operator, abrasive blasting dusts are a very great health risk.