Abrasive Blasting Operations Engineering Control and Work Practices Manual


DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 76-179

Research indicates that some 100,000 abrasive blasters are exposed to silica dust, inhalation of which can lead to silicosis, for up to 60 million man hours each year. This publication describes in detail typical abrasive blast cleaning practices and equipment; potential health and safety hazards involved; methods to identify hazards; and measures for controlling hazards. It is intended for use by plant safety and industrial hygiene engineers.

Disclaimer: This report is reproduced as received from the contractor. The conclusions and recommendations contained herein represent the opinion of the contractor and do not necessarily constitute NIOSH endorsement.

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Page last reviewed: November 16, 2021