Grinding and re-grinding - in the work area

Some further measures that could be taken to potentially help reduce exposure to Cobalt when grinding and re-grinding:

Use necessary PPE

Use necessary PPE

Wear appropriate work clothes, masks, eye protection, gloves and hearing protection

Wash hands

Wash hands

Wash hands before using gloves and change gloves if they become dirty. Use conditioning and/or barrier hand cream to keep your skin in good condition, and thereby potentially strengthen the skin barrier.

Do not

Do not

Do not eat, drink or smoke in the presence of atomized Cemented Carbide particles

Good Hygiene

Good hygiene

Good hygiene throughout the working day, such as regularly washing hands may help prevent cross contamination.

Exhaust Ventilation

Exhaust ventilation

Ensure exhaust ventilation is working properly. Outlet for process ventilation (exhaust system) should allow for filtration or other cleaning techniques of material particles

Covered Work Area’s

Cover work areas

Work area should be covered with light non-stick surfaces allowing easy and regular cleaning

Wet Grinding

Wet grinding

Where possible wet grinding is recommended as opposed to dry grinding

Use correct equipment

Use correct equipment

When cleaning the area, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (do not use a broom/brush)

Deposit work wear correctly

Deposit work wear correctly

Used work wear should not be taken home, it should be deposited in the provided used clothing container at work which will be washed by a cleaning company that has the correct washing process to both remove cobalt particles from the clothes and to dispose of them in an environmentally responsible way.

Sedimentation Outlets

Sedimentation outlets

Outlet for waste water should allow for sedimentation or other cleaning techniques of metal particles particles.

Follow regulations

Follow regulations

Sediment should be handled according to local governmental regulations and disposed of in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

Return Drilling Tools

Return drilling tools

You may also return used drilling tools to Sandvik for recycling. Contact us to find out more