Safety concerns are too frequently overlooked when it comes to performing sandblasting work. This is because sandblasting is generally a relatively small part of most larger jobs like painting and refinishing. Because of this, workers are frequently exposed to the risks of sandblasting in the absence of the proper safety equipment, such as replacement sandblast gloves when current ones are worn down. This is a danger to the operator as well as to others on site.
Many work crews do not take the dangers of sandblasting seriously. This is a dangerous attitude that can lead to severe injury. In addition to the risk of high-speed particles, the hazards presented by airborne dust is also significant.
Metal dust can be particularly toxic, especially when it contains manganese or cadmium. Silica dust presents a serious health risk and should not be used as an abrasive. Silica that contains quartz requires the use of pressure demand, or positive pressure respiration equipment. An air supply may be necessary, especially when working in an enclosed or poorly ventilated area. Sandblasting also creates a significant risk of hearing loss due to prolonged high noise levels. Needless to say, complete eye protection is also a must.
Because the large clouds of dust particles created by sandblasting can be so toxic and dangerous, full body protection is highly recommended.
All that being said, one of the most common and important pieces of safety equipment that is too frequently overlooked is heavy rubber gloves. All too often, crews begin sandblasting work without giving due consideration to the protection of their hands. Heavy metals, toxic dust, and high-velocity particles can cause injury to the hands very rapidly.
Perhaps even more common than foregoing the use of sturdy protective rubber gloves is the use of gloves not designed for the rigors of sandblasting. Cloth, leather, or any other type of glove not designed for use during sandblasting is a common cause of injury.
In cases where the glove is penetrated by high-speed particles, the operator can easily drop the nozzle or flinch, causing injury to himself or others.
The Importance of Replacement Sandblast Gloves
What’s more, even when the right type of rubber gloves are on hand- it is important to have replacement sandblast gloves on hand. Even the best gloves can be damaged and compromised during the job. So, it is important to have adequate replacement sandblast gloves on site so that you can finish the job safely in the event that your gloves are damaged.
Synthetic rubber gloves are durable, and a perfect replacement for worn out or damaged sandblasting gloves. The extended gauntlet variety with molded-in finger curves aid in grasping, positioning, and maneuvering your blast nozzle. Seamless, heavy-duty construction stands up to even to the hardest use and removes the problem of stress points at seams where gloves can tear prematurely.
Be sure you have all the required safety equipment before you begin sandblasting.