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Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001
Repealed version for 7 June 2011 to 31 December 2011 (accessed 17 September 2019 at 19:20)
Chapter 7 Part 7.2
Part 7.2 Abrasive blasting
180   Definitions
In this Part:
abrasive blasting means the process of cleaning, smoothing, roughening, cutting, preparing or removing the surface, or part of the surface, of any article or building by means of blasting, blowing, throwing or otherwise propelling an abrasive substance against the article or building, including the propelling of an abrasive substance by means of blasting steam or water at a high pressure.
abrasive blasting enclosure means a structure that is designed to:
(a)  enclose or otherwise accommodate articles being abrasive blasted, and
(b)  isolate or minimise hazards of dusts or debris generated by abrasive blasting, and
(c)  provide for the prevention of ignition sources, and
(d)  safely filter and discharge any exhaust ventilation to a suitable point outside the workplace,
being a structure that is used only for the purpose of abrasive blasting.
abrasive substance means any substance used as an abrasive for the purpose of abrasive blasting.
181   Application
This Part applies in addition to the other provisions of this Regulation.
182   Abrasive blasting—particular risk control measures
(1)  An employer must ensure that:
(a)  abrasive blasting is carried out in an abrasive blasting enclosure if reasonably practicable, and
(b)  no persons (other than persons required to be in the abrasive blasting enclosure as part of the blasting process) are in an abrasive blasting enclosure during abrasive blasting, and
(c)  any persons in an abrasive blasting enclosure during abrasive blasting are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
(2)  If it is not reasonably practicable to carry out abrasive blasting in an abrasive blasting enclosure, an employer must ensure that:
(a)  any area exposed to dust is minimised, and
(b)  adequate signs to warn of the hazards of the blasting are provided, and
(c)  persons not carrying out the blasting are not permitted to enter an area in which there is a risk of exposure to atmospheric contaminants, and
(d)  persons carrying out the blasting are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
Maximum penalty: Level 3.
183   Supply of respirators and personal protective equipment
(1)  An employer must ensure that persons who are carrying out abrasive blasting and who may be exposed to atmospheric contaminants arising from the blasting are provided with an air supplied respirator if the persons may be exposed to atmospheric contaminants exceeding the appropriate exposure standard referred to in clause 51 (Atmospheric contaminants—particular risk control measures).
(2)  An employer must ensure that other persons (including those carrying out maintenance or repair work on abrasive blasting equipment) who may be exposed to atmospheric contaminants arising from abrasive blasting are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment if the persons may be exposed to atmospheric contaminants exceeding the appropriate exposure standard referred to in clause 51.
Maximum penalty: Level 3.
Note.
 Also see clause 15 (Provision by an employer of personal protective equipment).
184   Control of substances used in abrasive blasting
An employer must ensure that substances that may result in the exposure of persons to atmospheric contaminants exceeding the appropriate exposure standard referred to in clause 51 are not used for the purpose of abrasive blasting.
Maximum penalty: Level 3.