Abrasive Blasting & Coatings Removal

July 20th, 2020 | in Industrial Vacuum

Abrasive Blasting & Coatings Removal - Negative Pressure, Ventilation, Dust & Debris Control

Potential exposure to hazardous dust and air contaminants is a primary health hazard associated with abrasive blasting. Abrasive blasting can generate large quantities of dust that can contain high levels of toxic air contaminants including but not limited to, silica, asbestos, lead, vinyl chloride, inorganic arsenic, benzene, chromium, cadmium and many more.

Abrasive blasting is the most common surface preparation technique used to remove old paint, coatings and other surface materials such as rust, mill scale, dirt, and salts during maintenance and repair operations on ship, bridges, tanks and other structures. According to OSHA, surface cleaning and preparation techniques, such as abrasive blasting, are also one of the most significant sources of shipyard wastes and pollution.

In abrasive blasting, compressed air is used to propel abrasive material through a blasting hose to a nozzle, where it is directed to the work area at high velocity by the operator. Air pressure is typically high and abrasive blasting operations can expose employees to many toxic air contaminants.


Enviro-Vac Provides Effective Control Solutions

Enviro-Vac powerful, mobile vacuum loaders with automated baggers are designed for continuous duty. Enviro vacuum loaders never need to leave the work site and are HEPA filtered.

Enviro vacuum loaders are specifically designed for industrial workplaces. The vacuum loaders form part of a proper engineering control in protecting workers and the environment by removing hazardous, airborne emissions at their source.

Shipyards and contractors have found a need for Enviro-Vac’s powerful, trailer mounted vacuum loaders for provision of negative air pressure and extraction of dust and media during abrasive blasting. Sand, silica, steel grit, black beauty or any other abrasive media can be conveyed for distances up to 1,000 feet and deposited into large bins or auto-bagged into mega bags if the material is hazardous.

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