June is National Safety Month and a time to focus on reducing leading causes of injury at work, while traveling, and at home. Metal plating is a fascinating process that can produce exciting results, but it can also be dangerous. With a nod to this month’s focus on safety, here’s a look at the steps that you can take to minimize risks while applying plating finishes.
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- Make sure to complete appropriate training about chemical safety and work procedures before you begin metal plating.
- Mix chemicals according to instructions. Some combinations of chemicals can combine to form toxic gases.
- Wear proper eye protection (goggles, face shields, etc.) Fumes and splashes from cleaning solutions can irritate or burn your eyes.
- Wear proper respirator and filter cartridges to safeguard your lungs. The process of brushing metals can stir up dust that can cause allergies and even poisoning over time.
- Wear long gloves that are resistant to chemicals and heat.
- Wear heavy-duty shoes (rubber or leather) with non-slip soles.
- Cover other parts of your body by wearing long sleeves, an apron and pants. (Do not tuck your pants into your boots).
- Use caution when dropping materials into plating baths. The liquid could splash up and burn you if you are too vigorous or hasty.
- Avoid reaching over steaming solutions so that you do not burn your upper body.
- Ensure that your work area has proper ventilation.
- Clean up spills immediately to prevent people from slipping.
Whether you are using a brush plating kit or electroplating system, exercise the utmost caution. Cutting corners on safety measures could lead to serious injuries and illness.