Protecting Your Hearing When Using Professional Power Tools
Friday, May 3, 2013 5:20:27 PM Australia/Sydney
There are many different types of professional power tools. Electric ones are the most common type although air tools, driven by compressed air, are also becoming popular.
When you talk about power tools, most people think first of drills, saws, angle grinders and sanders. But the Gasweld range also comprises planers, impact wrenches, fibreshears, electric screwdrivers, heat guns and nibblers. For almost any job, there’s a power tool to make it easier. They are common in industry and construction, and they are also useful around the house and garden, for drilling, sanding, routing, cutting, painting, grinding the list goes on.
Many professional brands, such as Makita, Hitachi, DeWalt and Bosch, produce power tools with professional capacity aimed at the home market. These can do the same job faster and more efficiently than hand tools, and give control and power on bigger jobs.
It’s important to remember that if you’re using professional power tools, you also need to consider safety. With that increased speed and power comes an increased risk of injury, and you should think about what safety precautions you should take.
A key thing to consider is noise. The Australian Standard for Occupational Noise recommends an average daily exposure level of 85 decibels. Many tools can be as loud or louder than 85 decibels, and in some cases over 100 decibels.
Here are some tips for choosing appropriate hearing protection, based on the National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work:
• Does it meet the standard? In Australia, hearing protection should comply with the Australian standard AS/NZS1270 – look for the ticks on the packaging.
• How much sound do you want to block out? Too much noise reduction might mean you are uncomfortable, or make it difficult to communicate with others. It could also block out warning sounds.
• What type of environment are you using the power tools in, and what kind of work are you doing? If you’re going to have dirty hands, using those hands to insert earplugs isn’t a great option. On the other hand, earmuffs might be uncomfortable in hot environments or make it difficult to wear a helmet.
• Is the protection comfortable and does it fit you? If it isn’t comfortable, you’ll be tempted not to wear it. And if it doesn’t fit, it might not work as well as it should.
If you are unsure about which of the Gasweld professional power tools range is right for you, and what safety measures you need to consider, contact 13-TOOL. To view our complete line of power tools, visit http://www.gasweld.com.au/power-tools