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Be aware of the workplace hazards your employees face on a daily basis

Help protect your employees from long-term workplace health and safety hazards and learn how you can take action to help deliver safer and more protective workplace equipment. Using abrasive tools and equipment can be dangerous as it involves tasks such as grinding, cutting, weld removal, polishing and finishing on different materials from metal to fibre reinforced composites. Every company should complete a thorough risk assessment to understand and identify potential abrasive risks and define actions to mitigate them.


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Take control of abrasive hazards — be aware of the hierarchy of controls

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1. Modify tasks or workspaces to remove hazards

Elimination

 

2. Replace hazardous material, equipment, or activities with less hazardous ones

Substitution

 

3. Modify tools or equipment to minimize exposure to hazards

Engineering controls

 

4. Introduce working practices and procedures that remove or lessen risks

Administrative controls

 

5. Protect workers with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)

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Abrasive hazards

  • Airborne particles

    Inherent in most abrasive processes, the composition, distribution and quality of the particle hazards depends on the workplace and properties of the abrasive product being used.

  • Hand-arm vibration

    Associated with tasks that require excessive bending of the wrists or time on tool.

  • Injury

    Fixed or hand-held abrasive equipment such as grinding wheels create a hazard if they are incorrectly used or if the equipment is damaged.

  • Noise

    Normally defined as unwanted sound and one of the most common health hazards, noise is energy transmitted by pressure variations.

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