Abrasive Blasting Safety
It is important that with every abrasive blasting operation appropriate control measures such as containment, ventilation, and filtration should be used. Just as important is the use of protective equipment such as an abrasive blasting hood, leather gloves, and a respirator.
Avoid inhaling dust. Dust may cause eye and respiratory irritation. It is hazardous to inhale crystalline silica dust. An approved NIOSH or OSHArespiratory device for nuisance dust is recommended. Work areas should be equipped with adequate dust collection or exhaust ventilation. Flush eyes with water to remove dust. Remove to fresh air if dust is inhaled.
Silicosis: NIOSH has warned against the dangers of using silica-based abrasives. When silica-based abrasives are blasted, the particles break apart and can result in airborne dust particles. When inhaled, these dust particles can lodge themselves in lung tissue. The potential result is a condition knows as silicosis.
Refer to the product specific Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details.
Additional information, materials and videos related to abrasive blasting and safe operating practices are available from the following associations:
The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Chemical and General Safety
In order minimize hazards when using any kind of chemical or other material in a work environment the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) should be read and understood. All types of materials should have an associated MSDS whether that product is generally considered hazardous or not.
Refer to the product specific MSDS for details.
Good Housekeeping Guidelines for All Products
Cautions: Chemicals may cause irritation. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Wear protective clothing and eye protection. Always use with adequate ventilation.
First Aid: Flush eyes with water. Wash skin with soap and water. Remove contaminated clothing. Get medical attention as necessary.
Spills, Leaks and Storage: Contain spills and dispose in suitable container for disposal according local regulations. Do not cut or weld containers. Always observe standard industrial hygiene practices.
For a comprehensive list of excellent reference websites visit here:Occupational and Industrial Safety Resources.