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The Importance of Paint Booth Inspection

The Importance of Paint Booth Inspection

The most common problems likely to face a spray booth include over-spraying, dripping, spilling or the unwanted accumulation of paints. Luckily, these issues can be managed and even prevented through regular paint booth inspections. To keep your paint booth as safe as possible, there are some things you should do regularly to maintain your booth and the safety of those who work in it.

Remove Paint Accumulation

When paint accumulates in the booth, it can be difficult to remove. To prevent this from happening, you will want to apply a protective booth coating during each inspection. Inspections also allow you to see the possibility of paint accumulation. You can use the baffle coatings peelable booth coatings and water wash compounds. They all have unique features to help the booth in fighting off paint accumulation, but their common function is to ensure that removal of paint accumulation on the booth is done easily.

Exhaust Stacks

If Fremont 59L is used or applied on the stacks, then a hand scraper can be used to easily remove the Exhaust stack over spray of the paint. For easy sludge disposal, the Fremont 59L and Fremont 60 can be applied on the walls of the booth. These two compounds can also be applied on the baffle plates. Exhaust can take a lot of time to inspect, but it is important to ensure that you check everything on them to avoid future issues.

Smooth Production Line Operation

For perfect production line spray painting, the parts to be sprayed are normally taken off or suspended from the hooks. They are then transported through the spray booth in such a way that any over spray will miss the parts will paint the hooks. It would be easy to produce line operation by eliminating the paint from the hooks. A paint stripper additive will always reduce the stripping time.

Tidy up Your Booth!

It is critical that the area inside your booth, and the area surrounding your paint booth is as clean as possible. It needs to be free from excessive materials, especially flammable rags and paper products. It’s a good idea to have at least a 3′ perimeter around the booth in all directions that is clean and maintained.

Continued Operation without Downtime

Through maintenance tasks like booth floor stripping, skimming and tank cleaning, the parts of the booth will be made efficient and functioning at a quick speed. Stripping of the booth floors needs to be done using an ideal stripper that would react with the over spray paint for its easy removal. The stripper should be able to retain its functionality so that it can be used in the next maintenance session or stripping session. The nozzles should remain unclogged. To check for any sludge accumulation, remove the cap on the main header, and you will see everything. The solution that is contained in the reservoir tank should be of right chemical composition to avoid sludge from circulating in the whole system.

Contact the experienced team at Fire & Safety Equipment Company for helpful tips and information or a monthly inspection and an annual test of all paint booth systems.

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Respiratory Protection – The Role of Fit Testing

What a Fit Test Pass Truly Entails

Now, the truth is that fit testing, especially when it comes to tight-fitting respiratory face pieces is something which has been used for quite a while now. However, there are yet quite a lot of widespread misconceptions as well as misunderstanding regardless what a fit test pass truly entails. Different aspects would usually generate research papers, and there are a few different ones which are dedicated to this issue. In any case, the below will attempt to explain certain key considerations and to describe its relevance to the proper control of exposure throughout the usage of protective respiratory devices.

Why Fit Testing?

The purpose of this particular respirator fit testing is actually designated to verify that the actual selected make as well as model and also the size of the face piece accommodates the facial characteristics of the individual perfectly. That’s the main purpose, and that’s what needs to be taken into account.

Passing the fit test, however, doesn’t really guarantee that every time the person dons the face piece the adequate fit is going to get achieved. In fact, it identifies that this particular face piece has the actual potential to fit the facial characteristics, provided the wearer makes the necessary adjustments on his own.

Things to Consider

In the United States, the NIOSH is responsible for the testing and the certification of the Respiratory Protective Device (RPD). Total Inward Leakage measurement (TIL), on the other hand, hasn’t been a part of the certification process at all. The actual evaluation of fit has relied on testing which is individual as well as different mandated by the OSHA checking procedures. However, understanding the complications that this could deliver, the NIOSH are already implementing TIL testing as part of the certification process which is designated to evaluate the performance of RPD under lab conditions.

Safety importance

The Importance of Lockout Tag out Training

The unfortunate truth is that too many employees are injured or killed because they failed to understand whether a machine or the power to the machine was turned on or off. The best measure that you can possibly take in order to prevent this from happening is locking out / tag out training.  The estimations indicate that approximately about 120 lives per year are being saved and more than 50 injuries are being prevented. These are methods of protecting employees by making sure that all of the machines are turned off prior to operating on them or if they are to work around.

If you don’t have an employed lock out tag out program at your work site, then you run the risk of the machines starting back up unexpectedly and without warning. This is because they have this particular tendency because of the energy which was stored and it wasn’t correctly released afterwards. Or it could also happen when someone goes ahead to start the machine without first checking whether everything is safe enough to do so.

The Hazardous Energy Sources

Now, there are a few different types of energy sources which are considered hazardous. This is according to the standard of the lock out tag out program which requires that such sources are isolated and also rendered inoperative duly and appropriately. Some of these sources include:

  • Thermal
  • Hydraulic
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Gravitational
  • Pneumatic

These particular sources could be active currents, or they could be stored in a capacitor. What is more, a failure to properly recognize all of the energy sources which could impose dangers and hazards to the worker is particularly harmful. This is the main intention behind the lock out tag out training.

Basic Steps

There are a few steps that need to be taken into account when it comes to loc out tag out training, and they include planning, communication, and neutralization of the power right there at the source and locking out all of the power sources.

Only when all of the machines have been prepared, and the workers are deemed to be in a safe condition can the power be turned back on in order to commence the working process. This is something particularly important and, as you can see for yourself, it could also be life-saving. With this being said, following common and properly established practices is critical for the overall safety of your employees.

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Types of Fire Systems and Installations

Different Types of Most Reliable Fire Protection System

Fires are some of the most destructive accidents in any establishment, once it has spread, it is difficult to contain which often leads to massive loss of property and sometimes lives. To counter the effects of fire or to take care of it in a timely manner one is advised to install a well done and maintained fire sprinkler system that will activate whenever irregular high temperatures are detected in any one room. Fire sprinklers are known to completely handle and take care of sudden fires 97% of the time hence protecting property and lives. This is why you need professionals to install and test any of the different types of sprinklers in your home or establishment.

Wet Systems

This is the most common and effective way of getting rid of any fire that starts. The sprinklers are linked to high-pressure pipes containing water that are activated to release water whenever any detection of fire is made. This can be either abnormally high temperatures or smoke that may cause fire. The sprinklers immediately go off letting out water that potentially gets rid of the fire danger.

Dry Sprinkler Systems

In these types of sprinklers, pressurized nitrogen is filled in the pipes and not water. This is usually done in cases where the pipes are expected to be exposed to very low temperatures that would normally cause the water to freeze. The air is made to prevent water from entering the pipe unless a fire breaks when the sprinklers will be open letting out the air thus allowing water out of the sprinklers to take care of the fire.

Fire Pumps

Sometimes the high pressure needed to push out water to stop a fire cannot be reached; this is why it is important to have a fire pump that is powered electrically or using diesel. The pump draws water from another water supply point directing it to the pipes and out the sprinklers hence putting out the fire.

Sprinkler Heads

These are the ones with the heat detection sensors that allow the sprinkler to be activated whenever there is a fire, and they allow the water to be released through them. They are the most important component in stopping fires as they are the key to every other step.

Stand Pipes

These are the many pipes that are interconnected to each other which come from a major source of water which allow firefighters to get access to water required to stop a huge fire that the sprinklers were not able to completely take out.

These are the most important components that help in having great fire sprinklers systems just in case a fire starts in your premises and before the fire fighters get to the scene of the fire. You need to ensure that all of these are properly installed. Fire and Safety Company inspects and repairs both wet & dry systems. We can help you get rid of the fire risk and of fire property destruction.