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Injuries

Learn how to protect against injuries in the workplace.

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Fixed or hand-held abrasive equipment operate at high speeds and can be hazardous if they are used incorrectly or if the equipment is damaged. Individuals can be injured directly, by the equipment or in the immediate vicinity if debris is ejected at high speed from unguarded work areas, or if the tool is damaged or breaks in use.


Possible workplace injuries

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    Cuts and burns

    When abrasives are not used correctly or are damaged, they can lead to cuts and burns — which sometimes require medical attention or a visit to the hospital.

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    Injuries from flying debris

    It is not unusual for pieces to come off materials while they are being worked on. However, if an area does not have a guard, or if the tool being used is damaged or breaks, this can increase the likelihood of injury to not only the individual using the abrasive, but also those in the vicinity of the work area.

Employers’ responsibility

It is an employers duty to protect health, safety and welfare of their employee, protecting them from anything that may cause harm in the workplace. Managing the risks involves a number of factors: ensuring each tool and consumable is safe and fit for purpose; ensure appropriate guarding is in place; make sure employees are fully trained in the use of the tools, machinery and personal protective equipment (PPE).

*Content source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. www.ccohs.ca and independent testing by VITO


Managing and preventing injuries

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    Install guards and inspect equipment

    Wherever possible, machinery should be fitted with guards and tools should be regularly inspected to ensure the equipment is safe to use.

    Please note: tools should only be used with compatible machines and be installed according to the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

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    Use Personal protective equipment (PPE)

    Personal protective equipment, such as gloves, hard hats, eye protection, and other safety apparel can be used to help mitigate physical injuries.

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