I have been around long enough to have been in the role of supervision when mandatory eye protection was instituted. The first couple of years were particularly challenging getting employees to wear their safety glasses. I was given every excuse imaginable as a reason to NOT wear the safety glasses. It wasn’t until we made them view a safety video that they became converts.
The video was a typical 1940’s style government production featuring a 1948 Chevy ambulance with a siren mounted on the front fender blaring away. Laughter filled the room until the scene in the operating room. The victim had a piece of aluminum shaving impaled in his eye. A magnet could not be used to extract the projectile so they had to slit the eyeball with a scalpel. The room got absolutely dead silent and a couple of people fainted. Which proves a picture is worth a thousand words and any disciplinary action.
Compressed air is commonly used to clean off parts and/or clear an area. The potential of a projectile to ricochet back towards the operator is real. To provide added safety along with proper personal protection, EXAIR offers a chip shield option to our blow off guns. Chip Shields are made of a durable polycarbonate shield that protects operators from flying debris often associated with blowing chips off machined parts. Chip Shields are also great for keeping coolant from spreading everywhere during drying operations.
An EXAIR safety air gun can be ordered with a chip shield installed by simply adding a “-CS” to its part number. Or, If you have a gun without a shield, they can be retrofitted. A rubber grommet is supplied to fit over your existing extension wand. For models that do not already have and aluminum extension in place, a short extension nipple and necessary adapter is provided.
Feel welcomed to contact us with any questions you may have.