High Pressure Water Jetter Safety

High pressure water jetting has many uses. It can be used to cut materials, for various cleaning projects and many other applications. As long as proper care is taken, high pressure water jetting is safe, does not involve the use of chemicals, unless needed for a particular job, and is highly accurate. However, with that said, the following are precautionary methods that should be implemented to ensure safety.

First of all, only qualified individuals should operate such machinery. After all, a high pressure water jet can operate anywhere from 55 to 60,000 psi. Such high velocity water could potentially cause major damage. Whoever is operating the high pressure water jet should also have read and fully understand operating instructions, including the portion about safety. During operation, a hard hat that has face goggles and a visor should be worn, along with non-slip shoes, impermeable gloves and a PVC-suit. The environment in which one of these machines will be used should be clear of any loose debris.

Other tips include:

  • Make sure your machine has a shut-off system prior to operation.
  • Do not attempt to alter the high pressure water jetter in any way; It should only be used as it was intended to.
  • Stick to the manufacturer’s recommended minimum/maximum pressures for various applications.
  • Be sure to put up warning information to let those around the workspace know a high pressure water jetter is being operated.
  • Operating a high pressure water jet is at least a two-person job. Depending on the project and machine, more hands may be necessary.
  • Should a malfunction occur, stop using the water jet immediately and address the issue.
  • Only use components specifically designed for your machine. (Fittings, hoses, etc.).
  • Do not direct the flow of the water jet at a living being.

Should an injury occur, medical attention should be sought out immediately; And further, it is important to relay to medical employees that the injury is from a high pressure water jetter so they can properly treat the injury.

Water jetting is a great solution for many applications. However, there are some dangers associated with this process. Proper training and knowledge of safety measures are crucial for whoever will operate the machine. Those who will operate the water jet should be certified, wear proper safety gear and adhere to the above-mentioned precautionary methods. High pressure water jetting has many positives, but should an error occur, serious injuries can result.