Do you have a project, which requires sand or soda blasting? These techniques can be used on many different surfaces, depending on the needs of specific jobs. Here are some of the general uses of each process:
- Sand blasting: Larger-scale jobs like resurfacing a swimming pool to blasting a car frame
- Soda blasting: Better suited for projects requiring a less intrusive treatment such as a car body to prevent warping, cleaning substrates with damage or removing heavy soot after a fire
If you aren’t familiar with these powerful techniques, many risks are involved for inexperienced workers. Here is additional information to help you learn more about sand and soda blasting, so you can remain safe.
Abrasive Blasting Materials
Several factors determine the selection of particular abrasive blasting materials. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Fact Sheet, the decision to use a certain ones can depend on the following:
- Job specifications
- Worker health
Some frequently used abrasive materials include:
- Silica sand (crystalline)
- Coal slag
- Garnet sand
- Nickel slag
- Copper slag
- Glass (beads or crushed)
- Steel shot
- Steel grit
- Specular hematite (iron ore)
Alternative, less toxic blasting materials include:
- Dry ice
- Plastic bead media
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
Blasting techniques require important safety precautions, which experienced professionals like those at NWA Restore It, Inc. practice. Some of these include:
- Identify any hazards and assign a knowledgeable person trained to eliminate them.
- Use engineering and administrative controls, personal protective equipment including respiratory protection.
- Engineering controls, such as substitution, isolation, containment, and ventilation are the primary means of preventing or reducing exposures to airborne hazards during abrasive blasting operations.
- Administrative controls, including the use of good work and personal hygiene practices, can also reduce exposure.
Here are some of the important personal protective equipment items we use while doing a sand or soda blasting job:
- Hearing protection
- Eye and face protection
- Leather gloves that protect to full forearm and
- Aprons (or coveralls)
- Safety shoes or boots
More Information About Affordable General Contractor in Springdale, AR
With decades of experience, NWA Restore It, Inc. ensures safe and effective sand and soda blasting, We complete every job to meet high standards while taking the necessary precautions. You can always depend on our 35 employees, 18 trucks and several hundred pieces of the most advanced equipment.
Some of our other services include the following:
- Fire and water damage
- Air duct cleaning
- Water extraction
- Roofing assessment and repair
In addition, our specialists handle:
- Carpet cleaning
- Mold remediation
- Wood floor restoration
- Hazardous material removal
- Many other jobs
Our reputation is built on old-fashioned customer service because we care about doing jobs correctly and safely. We work hard to protect our respected reputation by constantly focusing on training. NWA also follows IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards.
For quality work and peace of mind that every job will be completed safely, call NWA Restore It, Inc. for 24/7 emergency service or to schedule an appointment today.