Sandblasting Safety

You should know that sandblasting can be extremely dangerous.  Seriously when working with it, you can not be macho and think that safety isn’t that important.  I used to be like this when I was working on cars as a younger kid.  Below is some safety things that you should know about before sandblasting and the harm it can do if you don’t take these precautions:

Dust Masks

Even if it doesn’t seem to be harming you, it might be.  What I am talking about is getting silicosis.  You have to wear at the minimum, dust masks.  The dual respirator filter masks are better, but at least wear a cheap dust mask.  Its better than nothing.  When abrasive hits the surfaces of items, it creates dangerous dust which kills your lungs when inhaled.  Also, this goes along with silicosis prevention: DO NOT USE PLAY SAND TO BLAST!  Only use authorized sandblaster abrasive when operating.  Play sand has a high amount of silica that can do massive damage to your lungs.  Its not worth it.  You have been warned.

Safety Goggles

I recommend that you wear safety glasses or goggles even if your using a sandblasting cabinet.  Especially wear them when you are blasting in a room or outside.  Helmets are safer for you though.

Protective Clothing

Its best to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when using your sandblaster.  You never know when a hose will explode or blast off.  My hose shot off before from the bottom of my pressure pot sandblaster and luckily the stream of high powered abrasive didn’t hit me.  This would be even worst if it got in your eyes.

If you have access to professional sandblasting suits, then I would definitely go with that.

You have been warned.  Please leave or ask me any questions below.

7 responses to “Sandblasting Safety”

  1. Air Compressor Regulator

    Homemade Air Compressor…

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  2. E DOC

    PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK BOARDMEMBERZS@YAHOO.COM MY HEALTH MAY BE IN JEAPORDY

    AFTER A CAR HAS BEEN SANDBLASTED HOW LONG SHOULD A PERSON WAIT BEFORE GOING INTO THE BUILDING WITHOUT PROTECTIVE GEAR.
    ALSO IF A PERSON GOES INTO THE BUILDING RIGHT AFTER THE SANDBLASTING AND HAS NO PROTECTION SHOULD THAT PERSON GET A CHEST XRAY

  3. ScottcomS

    I have a gravity fed home sandblaster that I am using to remove rust from an antique stove. I sandblast outside and use a 3m respirator but I am still worried that I may somehow be inhaling silica. All the respirator cartridges I can find always say “not for sandblasting” but I’m hoping that is meant for higher pressure industrial sandblasting. If a respirator isn’t enough protection what about using a scuba set-up while I sandblast?

  4. Eric R. W.

    Yes, they make these air supplied helmets that you can use but they are kind of expensive.

  5. Marc

    Trying to find information on the CORRECT respirator to use while sandblasting isn’t easy. So, while using a cabinet will a P95 half faced respirator provide the needed protection? Also, I am using a shop vac as dust control. I purchased a new filter for the vac, but is this sufficient to keep my workshop from filling with dangerous dust? I suppose I could get an extension hose and vent to the outside of the building if recommended.

    Thanks

  6. Talscar

    I have a portable sandblasting unit and blast inside the shed with dual respirator and gas vapor filters.
    I do not believe i am completely protected as i can smell the sand in the air.

    I am sandblasting parts on my car so i can rebuild and paint.

    How should i sand blast if i am not able to protected myself without effecting others around me?

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