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Are your employees taking these precautions when working with pressurised air and water hoses?

by , 28 October 2013
Did you know that a quick blast of air or water from a pressurised hose in your eye area is enough to pop your eyeball out of its socket? That's right. The ocular nerves can be damaged beyond repair and cause permanent blindness. This is just one of the dangers of pressurised air and water hoses. Don't let this happen to your employees. Make sure your employees take these safety precautions when working with pressurised air and water hoses.

You need to discuss the dangers of pressurised air and water hoses and the safety precautions your employees need to take when working with this type of equipment.

Why? What's at stake?

Well, 'pressurised hoses force air or water out at high velocity and under enough force to cause serious injury or even death if it hits you in the wrong place,' warns the Health & Safety Advisor.

The Advisor adds 'workers can get injured and disfigured when hoses explode or come loose from their connectors.'

Is there anything your workers can do to protect themselves?

Here's how your workers can protect themselves when working with pressurised air and water hoses

Tell your workers to stick to these rules when working with pressurised air and water hoses:

  1. Never use high-pressure hoses of any kind directly on your body or another person.
  2. Always hold the pipe and nozzle away from your body.
  3. Wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE).
  4. Inspect all connections and the condition of the hoses and nozzle before using them.
  5. Make sure the connections won't come loose under pressure. If an air hose connector is defective, replace it or dispose of the hose immediately.
  6. Roll up and store hoses when they aren't in use.
  7. Hold the nozzle when you turn the water or air valve on and off.
  8. Make sure you have control of the hose at all times.

Like other tools in the workplace, hoses must be used professionally and only for their specific purpose.

You must stress to your employees that 'pressure hoses may look like fun time at work, until you're on the other side of the nozzle. The pressure hitting you is like being hit by a truck,' says the Advisor.

So make sure your workers protect themselves against this danger.



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