Molten Metal Splash Hazards
Injuries from molten metal splash exposure are very common and can result in severe injuries. Unfortunately, most evaluations of PPE for molten metal splash protection start after exposure has already occurred. Identifying the weak spots in your PPE program can be challenging, especially considering several factors when deciding on PPE for your molten metal hazard. Here are a few starting points to research when picking on the correct PPE.
Identify the molten metal hazard.
Ferrous or non-ferrous? The type of metal has a significant impact on choosing the correct PPE. For example, non-ferrous metals might adhere easier to certain fabrics that are more common in ferrous metal environments.
Proximity to the hazard.
This is where you can decide whether primary protective clothing is needed or if secondary protective clothing will be adequate. How close are workers to the molten metal? Can a potential splash or “pop” reach an employee in the work area?
Evaluate the fabrics for your PPE.
Research the fabrics and their protective qualities of your current PPE. Are these fabrics recommended or accepted as protective options for your molten metal hazard? Many fabrics and garments are made to protect against specific molten metals. Wear trials and in-house splash testing is common for evaluation to help determine if a fabric will work best for your molten metal hazard.
Related Molten Metal Standards
When evaluating appropriate PPE for your molten metal hazard, the below standards are worth reviewing. Both are specific to molten metal exposure and material/fabric performance.
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