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50 percent for general industry and 80 percent for
construction and shipyards, workers who previously
wore minimal or no respiratory protection will
likely have to begin doing so.
Prepping for Safety
Sa fet y is t he top pr ior it y on a ny jobsite, a nd dur ing t he
sur face prepa rat ion process, hav ing t he r ight persona l
protect ive equ ipment (PPE) is e x tremely impor t-
a nt. For e x a mple, Wa r w ic k Mi l ls is one compa ny t hat
ma nufact ures protect ive c lot hing for water jett ing. "Our
' Tur t leSk in' covera l l ra in su it a nd modu l a r su it a re
desig ned spec if ica l ly to protect operators f rom water
bl asts up to 40,0 0 0 psi [275.8 MPa]," sa id Toby Cummings
of Wa r w ic k Mi l ls.
Other PPE that may need to be worn during surface prepa-
ration include blast hoods, gloves, eye and hear protection,
respirators, hard hats, and boots. Depending on the situa-
tion, fall protection may also be required. Companies such as
Bullard, Madaco, RPB Safety, Tyvek by DuPont, and Yates Gear
offer a wide range of PPE for the surface preparation process.
More to Learn
W hen a l l is sa id a nd done, a ny coat ing may on ly be as good
as t he sur face prepa rat ion t hat ca me before t he appl ica-
t ion. Sur face prepa rat ion is never a pl ace to c ut cor ners
a nd shou ld be treated as t he most cr it ica l pa r t of a l l
coat ings jobs. Proper sur face prepa rat ion is t he ma ke - or-
brea k point, a nd t he tec hnolog ies, tec hniques, processes,
a nd procedures a re consta nt ly evolv ing a nd improv ing.
T he substrate and its condition, the specifications for
the coating material, and the applicable industr y standards
must all be taken into account to ensure the optimum and
long-term performance of the coating system. CP
PPE must fit the specific task. Waterjetting, for
example, may require the operator wear a protective
suit, such as Warwick Mills' TurtleSkin. Safety gear,
standards, equipment offerings — there's always
something new with surface prep!
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