For times when a polished finish is desired for new or existing concrete, concrete grinding usually precedes the polishing process. The quality of the grinding process affects the overall quality of the finished surface, so it is important to do the grinding correctly.
If you're looking to grind an old concrete floor, you should first get acquainted with safety procedures. Here's what to do to go about the grinding job safely.
Get Acquainted with the Proper Operation of Your Grinder
Concrete grinding equipment has sharp, rotating heads that can cause serious injury if they come in contact with any part of your body. Contact with the blades during grinding operations must be avoided at all times.
Before using your grinder, make sure you learn how to use it. Enrol in a course so you can get trained on the proper operation of the particular type of grinder needed for your project. The training will not only involve learning how to operate the equipment correctly but also how to operate it safely.
Inspect Your Grinder Prior to Use
Before getting started, inspect your grinding equipment to check for signs of damage or excessively worn parts, which may lead to equipment failure. Faulty equipment will not only lead to downtime but will also put you in harm's way.
Make sure damaged parts are fixed and overly worn-out ones replaced before you start using your grinder.
Use the Right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing the right PPE is critical for ensuring safety in any job where you're exposed to hazards that have been identified prior to the commencement of the job. Concrete dust, flying particles and the grinding equipment can all jeopardise your safety during grinding operations, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself from these hazards.
Use a respiratory mask to protect yourself from potential inhalation of concrete dust, safety goggles to protect your eyes from projectiles, a pair of industrial-grade gloves to protect your hands from blistering, closed-toe boots to prevent foot injuries and some sort of ear protection.
Concrete grinding and polishing is an excellent way to revamp the look of old or dull-looking concrete. But it is a project that requires utmost adherence to safety procedures to minimise the risk of potential harm to those involved in the job. Following the above tips will go a long way towards keeping you and others safe during concrete grinding operations.