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Abrasives health and safety

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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)

PPE

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2. Replace hazardous material, equipment, or activities with less hazardous ones
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4. Introduce working practices and procedures that remove or lessen risks
5. Protect workers with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)
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1. Modify tasks or workspaces to remove hazards
2. Replace hazardous material, equipment, or activities with less hazardous ones
3. Modify tools or equipment to minimize exposure to hazards
4. Introduce working practices and procedures that remove or lessen risks
5. Protect workers with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)
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Help reduce abrasive risks with 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives

Designed to cut faster and last longer, these abrasives help reduce exposure to dust, noise and vibration.

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