It is the policy of Vancouver Mobile Sandblasting Ltd. that all aspects of its operations be conducted in a safe manner. We recognize that safeguarding the health and welfare of our employees is of the highest priority. Each employee must follow strict safety procedures set in place on all sandblasting and painting sites. Our guidelines are set in place in accordance to WCB regulations as well as OSHA's standards in safety. Our goal is to maintain an accident free work environment Managements and employee's are constantly aware of any and all potentially hazardous conditions. Our policies require prompt reporting of all conditions on the work site. All staff are required to attend all safety meetings and have knowledge in hazardous materials.
Sandblasting equipment is used extensively throughout the world, for the purposes of cleaning and preparing various surfaces. Sandblasters can be exposed to toxic materials, such as lead, zinc, silica... while sandblasting surfaces. Sandblasters may also be exposed to these hazards from the sandblasting agent, usually silica sand, (Allweld Mobile Sandblasting does not use silica sand!) therefore there are a number of safety precautions that must be undertaken by blast operators and other crew members.
Safety precautions include but not limited to:
Sandblasters who are exposed to dusts must where adequate ventilation equipment. All dust is a concern!
Sandblasting operations are noisy and therefor hearing protection is always used
Positive pressure purified air hood respirators (NIOSH approved) operated on continuous flow mode
NIOSH approved air lines and assemblies must be used
All breathing apparatus must be inspected on a regular basis
Sandblasters must only remove their supplied air breathing equipment when they are well away from the work location as silica dust and other contaminants can remain suspended in the air for long periods of time.
Sandblasters must wear coveralls that protect suitable protection from rebounding abrasives
Sandblasters must wear work gloves to protect the forearm
Sandblasters must wear CSA approved are a must on all job sites.
Sandblasting operations shall be carried out so that the abrasive materials pose not threat to workers or the public
The sandblast pot must be grounded at all times
All sandblast pots must have a safety shut down
Sandblasting equipment must be inspected before every job
All sandblasting nozzles must be equipped with (shut off switch) dead-man operation
All confined space work must comply with Work Safe regulations