A unique safety awareness course, aimed at reducing the risk of injury in high pressure cleaning applications has developed by Australian Pump Industries.
Australian Pump is Australia’s leading manufacturer of high pressure water blasting equipment with a full range of machines that go all the way through to 15,000 psi (1,000 bar).
Australian Pump designed the course to improve operator safety awareness and the help both employers and employees to operate high pressure water blasting equipment safely and efficiently.
The safety awareness course is designed for operators using machines of up 500 bar. The course objective is to provide a detailed knowledge of all hazards associated with water blasting.
Understanding the principles of design of the more commonly use items of water blasting equipment and the basic system design is also an integral part of the course.
Other issues dealt with include the need for planned routine maintenance and regular inspection of equipment.
Australian Pump stress the need for operators to understand the potential hazards of incorrect assemble of high pressure accessories, particularly hoses, guns, lances and nozzles.
“Poorly maintained or assembled equipment is not only inefficient but down right dangerous,” said Aussie Pump’s Hamish Lorenz.
“Recent accidents involving hydro-blasters are a sobering reminder of the need for operator training and certification,” he said.
The emphasis of the course is on safety, teaching trainees about the use of personal protective clothing and equipment. It also provides an understanding of the nature of water blasting injuries and the action taken in the event of an accident.
On course completion, trainees are assessed through a test of multiple choice questions.
Successful attendees of the course are certified, and records kept by Australian Pump Industries.
“We believe many operators and their employers do not understand either the dangers involved in use of high pressure equipment or the OH&S responsibilities incumbent on both employer and operator,” said Lorenz.