PaintSquare Connect 2020 |


Identifying and Managing Inhalation Hazards Associated with Abrasive Blasting

Originally Presented: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Employers report that annually 1.6 workers out of every 10,000 develop occupational-related lung diseases due to toxic agents1, which is close to 30,000 employees per year2. This figure does not include workers who retire and experience lung diseases that may be related to workplace inhalation hazards. This presentation covers the most common inhalation hazards associated with abrasive blasting and their impact on lung diseases, along with the impact these diseases have on workers. The presentation also covers what employers and employees can do to prevent workplace inhalation dangers.

This presentation discusses:

  • Inhalation Hazards
  • Inhalation hazards from treated surface paint, epoxy, heavy metals
  • Inhalation hazards from abrasives sand, coal slags, steel grit, crushed glass, granite
  • Inhalation hazards from breathing air carbon monoxide, oil, odors, mist, breathing-air requirements
  • OSHA requirements for NIOSH-approved supplied-air respirators

The presentation explains how to become aware of these hazards and how to ensure that employees can safely blast without exposing themselves to abrasive-blasting-related inhalation hazards.

1 Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report 2007 Division of Respiratory Disease Studies National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

2 “Unemployment Rate". Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 2017-01-17.


Thomas E. Enger

Tom Enger holds ANSI-accredited certifications in facility management, professional safety, and hazardous-material management that he has used in his more than 36 years of professional manufacturing and construction experience. His resume includes heavy construction, explosives and heavy-equipment manufacturing, government affairs, and for the last 20 years abrasive blasting. Numerous trade publications, including the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, have published Tom’s articles, and he has presented seminars at SSPC, DCAS, Fabtech, and ESB conferences about highly hazardous operations, including abrasive blasting. Tom currently works for Clemco Industries Corp. as Director of Engineering Support Services and is a safety resource for end users of Clemco products.


Clemco Industries Corp.

World’s largest manufacturer of air-powered abrasive blasting equipment to clean, deburr, shot peen, remove coatings from, or finish a surface being blasted

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Clemco Industries Corp.