Safety first. It’s a phrase you hear fairly often, and although it may seem unnecessary to repeat, it’s especially important when working with large machines or those with many parts. When not used correctly, these machines can not only fail to produce an optimal product but also cause injury.
Homogenizers fit into this category, so we’re offering the following tips on how to use yours and the samples it produces both safely and effectively:
1. Wear the appropriate protective equipment.
As with any such machine, these elements are designed to keep the user safe from moving parts and any hazardous chemicals. Whether it’s gloves, eye goggles or even ear plugs, investing in these accessories can keep you from damaging any part of your body, especially your eyes and ears. Some high-pressure homogenizers can reach 85 dBA and potentially cause ear damage.
2. Follow operating instructions and regulations.
There are safety laws and guidelines produced by unions and the government for a reason. These rules are designed to keep you safe while ensuring the machine you’re using is working as it was designed to do. To make sure you always have your high-pressure homogenizer’s instruction manual when you need it, keep it with the machine, and store a copy with your other important documents.
3. Use only the parts that came with your high-pressure homogenizer.
The parts that make up your high-pressure homogenizer are designed to work together and should not be substituted with another accessory or attachment. Failure to follow this rule may cause your product to work at a decreased level or even break, often voiding your warranty.
4. Avoid contact with the rotating shaft and homogenizing head.
Contact with either of these sharp parts can cause injury, so make sure you always switch the machine off before cleaning it or changing screens. Be especially careful when handling your high-pressure homogenizer after it has been contaminated with dangerous samples.
5. Let only trained operators handle your high-pressure homogenizer.
When installing or operating your homogenizer or simply doing maintenance on it, have only those trained to do so perform the task. Improper handling can cause both machine malfunction and minor injury to the handler.
6. Follow common electrical precautions.
Again, these rules are in place for a reason, and failing to follow such rules may result in electrocution or shock.
BEE International: Putting Safety First
At BEE International, our line of equipment is suitable for virtually every industry and can work in just about any environment, letting you focus on other important projects. Plus, we work with you to make sure you understand the appropriate safety precautions and provide training for all our products. To learn more, please contact us today.