Magnetic separators are one of the most beneficial machines for use in industries such as pharmaceuticals, scrap yards, food processing, and more. However, if users aren’t careful, magnetic separators can also cause several different types of injuries. Continue reading to learn the top magnetic separator safety tips.
Always wear safety equipment
Regardless of the industry you’re in, workers should always wear safety equipment when operating a magnetic separator. This equipment can vary depending on the materials you’re handling and the industry itself, but you should always wear gloves and safety goggles. Some fragments can be very small, almost powdery, and get in your eyes. Additionally, items can shatter and find their way into others’ eyes.
Keep your hands clear
Arguably, the most common injuries caused by magnetic separators are pinches and lacerations from users getting their hands stuck between the magnet and ferrous materials. It’s important to use caution anytime you’re handling ferrous materials around an active magnet. If you aren’t sure if the material you’re handling is ferrous, assume the material is magnetic, just to be on the safe side, and proceed as if it were. Alternatively, if you’re using an electromagnet, you could deactivate the magnet if you’re not certain the material is magnetic.
Stay clear if you have serious medical devices
Researchers have found that magnets can have negative effects on individuals with essential medical devices, such as pacemakers. That said, for your workers’ safety, if they have a pacemaker or similar device, they should be kept a safe distance from the magnet. We would suggest instructing your worker to consult with their primary care physician to determine a safe distance.
Use caution when transporting or storing magnets
Workers must handle a magnet carefully at all times, but especially when transporting or storing. First, if the magnet is dropped, it’s possible to damage your magnet. More important, however, surrounding materials could be attracted to the magnet and potentially injure workers. Prior to transporting the magnet, you should inspect your path to ensure any ferrous materials are a safe distance away.
We would strongly suggest communicating these top magnetic separator safety tips to your crew regularly. You can never overcommunicate when it comes to safety. Furthermore, we know individuals forget best practices from time to time, and everyone can use a refresher. Finally, every magnet in your facility or yard should come from a reliable and high-quality supplier to avoid malfunctioning magnets causing injury.
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