The effective risk management applied to industrial metal cleaning systems is closely linked to the best practices of management and use of solvents.
The solvents used in metal cleaning machines allow even the most difficult residues of contaminants to be completely removed and this is the reason why extra protection measures should be adopted for the machine operators.
Directive 2006/42 / EC: the risk assessment Standard in industrial metal cleaning systems
It is the responsibility of the employer to carry out a correct risk assessment in order to ensure the protection of workers’s safety and health .
Directive 2006/42 / EC or the Machinery Directive is the reference standard for correct risk management.
The directive states that: “the machine manufacturer, or its authorized representative, must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health and safety requirements linked to the machine. The machines must therefore be designed and manufactured taking into account the results of such risk assessment. ”
The standard safety objectives and the safety data sheets relating to the operating and auxiliary materials used are essential for drawing up appropriate safety measures during the risk assessment phase.
In the event that there are no standard safety objectives, the employer must implement appropriate safety measures to reduce the residual risk as much as possible.
These extraordinary security measures concern technical and / or organizational procedures, replacement or customized security actions.
The definition of RISK and DANGER in industrial metal cleaning systems
To ensure safe working conditions employer is required to define the risk and danger to which staff are exposed on a regular basis.
Risk and danger are two different concepts and it is precisely from this distinction that it is appropriate to start to:
- minimize exposure to hazard in workplace;
- reduce risk of accidents and illness;
- prevent workplace injuries.
While the hazard is something that can cause harm, the risk is the chance, high or low, that any hazard will actually cause somebody harm.
How does that principle be applied in practice in industrial cleaning systems?
The management of the risk associated with the use of solvent in metal cleaning machines requires the use of specific protection measures, adequate staff training so that everyone is actually aware of the risks and dangers to which they are constantly exposed and the choice of reliable partners .
The preventive measures and the importance of safety training for industrial washing systems
When we talk about safety and industrial metal cleaning machines that use solvent technology, we can identify the following prevention measures:
- TECHNOLOGICAL TYPE, i.e. all those precautions that allow to reduce the probability of damage associated with prolonged exposure to the solvent vapor. In this case FIRBIMATIC proposes hermetic circuit solvent washing systems in which the chamber is opened only when all the steam has evaporated.
- ORGANIZATIONAL TYPE, ie all internal measures taken by the company to with all employees are required to comply on a daily basis . Ex. the use of personal safety devices.
In this context, staff training takes on considerable value as it allows employees to be effectively aware of the risk associated with the solvent used in the machine.
When workers are aware of the health and safety risks in their workplace they can address health and safety concerns and follow safe works practices.
The support of our company is aimed to design a washing cycle that can ensure the management of effective and efficient solvents tailored to the individual cleaning needs.
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