ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY BENEFITS
Every avoidable risk of injury must be addressed. But most safety improvements reduce human efficiency in exchange for safety, which is the greater priority.
SPIDERCOOL is a rare product that will actually improve safety, and efficiency, at the same time. Significantly.
EH&S and other business priorities are often at odds. When a machinist has to choose between complying with an EH&S policy, or meeting a 100% on-time delivery policy, delivery usually wins.
Improving safety reduces exposure to worker’s compensation liability, and costly OSHA violations. And nobody wants to see an employee get hurt either.
So businesses must always seek ways to harmonize their EH&S policies, with every other business objective. SPIDERCOOL is a perfect way to do that.
HOW SPIDERCOOL CONTRIBUTES TO
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
REACHING INSIDE MACHINES
Spindle running or not, every time an operator reaches into a machine tool, there is a risk of injury.
During a cycle if coolant lines are bumped or moved, most operators are tempted to reach in to adjust them. And and many do. If they don’t, it will result in catastrophic tool failure and scrapping the part. But when they do, they risk mutilating a finger or other serious injury.
Most companies have a strict policy about overriding door safety interlocks. But don’t be fooled. We see countless shops where operators do it anyway and management looks the other way. They have to in order to meet other company objectives such as on time delivery.
SPIDERCOOL will greatly reduce the amount of times an operator has to reach into a machine. That directly reduces risk of injury, which directly reduces your chances of a worker’s compensation liability or costly OSHA violation.
SLIPS, FALLS, IMPALEMENT
OSHA training teaches us that slips and falls are among the most common industrial injuries. SPIDERCOOL can help reduce them in several ways.
Many large machines and boring mills require the operator to walk over slippery surfaces, covered in coolant or oil, in order to adjust coolant lines.
When the spindle is 8 feet in the air, operators often use a long stick, or gripper to reach up and adjust the lines while the machine is running. What happens if the guy slips and the stick hits the spindle?
On large VMC’s and bridgemills, reaching the coolant lines may involve climbing on steps, and bending over enough to throw the body’s center of gravity into the unsafe zone.
Finally on any machine, coolant sprays back not only onto the operator, but out onto the floor creating another slippery surface and another safety hazard.
Any dermatologist would tell you that it’s a good thing to avoid contact with chemicals as much as you can. Coolants and cutting oils would certainly fall into this category.
When machinists must constantly adjust coolant lines by hand, they undoubtedly get coolant all over their hands multiple times a day. Sometimes coolant splashes back on their arms, torso and even in the face or eyes.
Depending on the type of coolant and the individual’s tolerance to it, this exposure can cause skin irritation, cracking skin, rashes or other issues.
It only makes sense that by using SPIDERCOOL and adjusting the coolant nozzles from outside the machine, that this risk is greatly reduced.
SPIDERCOOL aiming the coolant precisely at only the cutting edge of each tool can greatly reduce the amount of mist generated, which is a leading cause of poor air quality.
Manual coolant lines inevitably end up with a good portion of the coolant blasting directly onto the toolholders where it is whipped away and immediately turned into mist that everybody has to breathe.
We’ve seen production shops with dozens of machines running straight cutting oils, and even with extensive air filtration systems, it was like breathing in a room with a diesel truck running.
This problem is especially prominent when running at high RPM which is common in machining of medical, firearms and other small parts.
Mist that is not captured by air filtration systems or human lungs will land on every surface in the shop and increase slip and fall hazards everywhere else.