Keeping Equipment and Personnel Safe When Using Ultra High Pressure Hoses
Whether for surface preparation, cleaning or any other activity, using an ultra-high pressure hose can be as dangerous a task as it is effective. When water is produced at high pressures, it becomes strong enough to strip steel, so imagine what it could do to careless foot or set of fingers. Then there are the dangers that a pressure hose may pose to itself. IF you are to keep yourself protected from high-pressure accidents, then there are a few best practices to consider when using this equipment.
Always Inspect Equipment Before Use
The high pressures under which hoses operate leaves them vulnerable to gradual wear and tear, particularly if they have been in use for an extended amount of time. This type of wear and tear, when it shows up, should have you looking for replacements as soon as possible, if the equipment is to be used safely.
If, during an inspection, you spot blisters, kinks, dents, nicks or any other sign of damage, it is wise to discontinue using the hose until it can be replaced.
Know Your Working Pressure and Your Bursting Pressure
Depending on the strength of the hose you buy, your working pressure will differ. This is an important consideration for functionality, since certain tasks also require higher pressures to be conducted. You should know this number, as well as the hose’s bursting pressure so that these numbers can be adhered to and not exceeded, even by the smallest amount, which could result in serious damages, injuries, or in severe cases, even death.
Keep it Clean and Tidy
After each use of the high pressure hose, you should take some time to rinse, clean and roll it up. This is more about taking care of your equipment than it is about keeping things tidy. Where hoses are being used for industrial applications, there may be concentrations of sulphur in the water being pumped. This sulphur is terrible for steel, one of the main ingredients in these hoses, and will whittle down their structural integrity in no time. Washing them with soap and water after each use should do the trick of keeping them in good condition.
Always Wear Protective Gear
Personal safety is always a concern when using this type of equipment, and wherever personal safety is a concern, operators should ensure that they use the correct protective gear. Always wear specialised protective gloves, hats and other attire when handling pressure hoses.
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