Suitable protective clothing and equipment should be worn by any person working with a high pressure waterjetting system.
The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to be determined by the potential hazard to personnel based on working conditions, pressures and flow rates, and must be implemented before the blasting operation begins.
It is imperative that all personnel know the safety guidelines associated with high pressure water blasting and understand the importance of PPE. Operators must be aware that PPE does not provide complete protection but may reduce the potential for severe injury by providing a momentary resistance to the waterjet stream. Proper training, supervision, and operator vigilance are still required.
For more information on water blasting safety and PPE please read the booklet “Industry Best Practices for the Use of High Pressure Waterjetting Equipment” published by the WJTA-IMCA™.