Sandblasting and Silica Exposure Safety Program
Every component of a sandblasting setup must be checked out and its proper
Operation/Function assured before any attempt is made to put the unit into service.
- Hoses valves, handles, and adjustment knobs must be in good condition. Hoses with soft spots, broken couplings, and damaged outer casings are not to be used.
- Dead man lines and switches must be in good condition. Electric dead man lines must not have cracked insulation or bad splices, pneumatic dead man lines must be crack free and must not have abraded outer castings. Dead man switches/valves must operate freely and without obstruction.
- Sandblast hoods must be complete; that is, they must have a helmet, suspension, “sock,” cape, apron, and belt with needle valve or vortex tube for conditioning and controlling air flow. The helmet must have a clear faceplate.
- Couplings that are missing parts or that are noticeably worn or deformed are to be removed from service.
- Never override dead man switches with tape, rope, or other means.
- Signs and/or barricades should be posted to warn workers about the hazards and specify any protective equipment required.
- Supervisors are responsible to ensure the appropriate sandblasting equipment is used.