Tuesday, March 8, 2016

More on Powder Coating Safety

Safety Issues During the Powder Coating Process

Handling of Powder Coatings
Our last blog post provided readers with details on hazards, protective practices, and safety measures. For your safety as an end user, we would like to remind you of a few additional precautions and safety tips.
  • Read the material safety data sheets (MSDS) Available on TCI’s website: Link to the website where to get them: https://msds.tcipowder.com/tds.aspx 
  • Avoid excessive skin exposure
  • Wear proper respiratory equipment
  • Wear proper clothing and eyewear

Fire Risk
Powder coating is very different than everyday painting, not just in form, but also in quality. One of the most hazardous differences about powder coating is that users may be exposed to heat and flame. Here are some things to keep in mind when working with powder coating materials and curing ovens.
  • Maintain a safe concentration of powder in air-outside the explosion (flammability) limits
  • Eliminate any sources of ignition
  • Maintain a good ground on everything in the powder coating system
  • Maintain a good ground throughout the racks
Pretreatment Chemicals
As a powder coating user, you should become aware of the chemicals associated with the process (such as iron phosphate, acid salt, nitrate, chlorate, and others). Some tips on how to stay protected from these chemicals are listed below:
  • Read the MSDS
  • Avoid skin contact
  • Wear recommended safety clothing
  • Maintain good ventilation
High Temperature Environments
Both potential flames and high temperature environments pose a risk to you and those around you. Here are a few ways to stay safe in these hot environments.
  • Limit access
  • Never open washer or oven during operation
  • Disconnect power before entering
  • Use good lighting when entering
  • Wear a hard hat in areas where it is necessary to stoop
  • Know the hazards inside the equipment
Always follow the manufacturers written procedures when handling risky materials.

For additional information on TCI’s powder coatings, visit tcipowder.com. For more on powder coating hazards and safety, click here to see the troubleshooting guide.


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