Posted February 06, 2019 16:14:33 The Sandblasting Industry says it is a big concern.
In its latest annual report, the Sandblast Industry Association says there are around 8,000 jobs that are in jeopardy as a result of sandblasts.
“A lot of these jobs are on the margins of society,” said Sandblaster of Scotland executive director Steve Wood.
“People have to be trained, they have to have the right skills.
They have to get the correct equipment, they’ve got to be prepared for the weather conditions.
They’ve got the proper materials, the correct techniques and the right equipment.”
Sandblasts have become a key part of the mining industry as it has become cheaper to use sandblasters.
A new generation of sandblast is being made from recycled plastics and the industry is trying to tackle the issue of waste from the recycling industry.
Sandblasters are also making sure they are not causing health and safety problems, but say they are seeing some of the problems around health concerns.
“We have seen some reports that have been raised in regards to people having problems with the sandblaster dust, and that has been raised to our attention,” said Steve Wood from Sandblasters of Scotland.
“It’s not an acceptable level of dust, so we’re working with the Health and Safety Executive to make sure we do not introduce any more.”
The Sandblasts Association says in the first quarter of 2019, there were around 3,700 jobs at risk of being lost to sandblast.
The Sandblast Industry Association has said there are approximately 20,000 sandblasted jobs across the UK.
“The industry has been on a really good run over the past 12 months, but there is definitely a long way to go,” said Mr Wood.