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Abrasive blasting

Abrasive blasting is used in a wide range of industries for many purposes including:

  • removing rust, scale, paint, graffiti or mildew
  • preparing different surfaces.

Abrasive material is propelled onto a surface at high speed using air pressure, water pressure or centrifugal force.

Particulate matter, solvents, noise and vibration

Particulate matter can penetrate workers doing abrasive blasting. Provides information on dusts, coatings and solvents, noise and vibration, reducing the health impacts, recycling abrasive material, atmospheric testing, and fire and explosion.

General health and safety issues

Abrasive blasting and the application of protective coatings can kill or cause permanent injury and illness. Provides information on plant and machinery, manual tasks, personal protective equipment, amenities, housekeeping, training, confined spaces, work at heights, slips, trips and falls, and heat stress.

Last updated
04 April 2017

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