Many facilities around the globe are blind to the immense dangers posed due to improper storage and handling of industrial lubricants. Fundamentally, proper lubrication involves keeping lubricants cool, clean, properly labeled, in their specific right amount, and right place.
I. To avoid contacting lubricating oil with the body or skin; put on oil-proof safety gloves and gear with efficient protection. If the lubricants do come into contact with the skin use a protective cream to get them off and rinse thoroughly.
II. When handling lubricant drums, at least two people should be on hand to upend and overturn the drums. The drums should also never be let to free roll. If a drum bursts a seam and spills it may create a slip hazard or even a fire hazard.
III. In the case of an inadvertent spill, which then produces a slip hazard or may be a fire hazard, the spill should immediately be cleaned up using absorbent drying granules. Biodegradable and Eco-friendly lubricants also come into play during large outdoor spillages as they do not pollute the environment.
IV. In a case where the lubricants come into contact with the eyes, thoroughly rinse with warm water for at least ten minutes and contact a physician for further analysis.
V. Great care should be maintained when using hand tools. The right tool should be used for the specific job. Improvisation of hand tools for unintended jobs should be avoided.
VI. To avoid cases of inhalation of oil mists and fumes always wear a protective mask when handling products with such mists and fumes. Also ensure the working premises are well ventilated.
VII. Petroleum is generally flammable and thus highly likely to cause fire hazards. Smoking should be strongly prohibited around any kind of petroleum product. In the event of fire, sound the alarm and call the firefighting services.
VIII. Work-lifts and ladders should be inspected from time to time to ensure they are in good condition, and grease and oil free. While climbing on the ladders, use both hands and carry equipment in a bag or the pockets.
IX. A lubricant identification and labeling system should be implemented and maintained at the workplace to avoid lubricant cross contamination which may lead to devastating results.
X. Pressurized equipment should be handled with care and while ensuring the use of protective gear to prevent injection injuries. Injection injuries, like that caused by a pressurized grease gun, should solicit immediate medical attention and treatment to avoid bacterial infections.
At the core of safety while handling industrial lubricants, is training. Essentially, workers must be trained, well-trained, on the practices involved in safely handling industrial lubricants. For the protection of the equipment and the safety of workers, it’s imperative to comprehend fully the safety precautions.