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Dipping and Coating Operations

Photo courtesy of L&I. What's missing here? Dip tanks are required to be labeled to communicate chemical hazards to employees

What's missing here? Dip tanks are required to be labeled to communicate chemical hazards to employees.

Courtesy of L&I.

Whether it is a small-parts washer basin or a big tank for coating airplane parts,  employees working around dip tanks could be exposed to hazards such as the following:

  • Breathing and contacting hazardous chemicals.
  • Confined space work (when cleaning inside larger tanks).
  • Fires and explosions.
  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Sprains and strains.

Based on the hazards present, safety measures to protect employees could include machine safeguarding, effective ventilation, safe work practices, washing facilities, personal protective equipment (PPE), and using less hazardous chemicals.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or potential safety and health hazards. It also provide resources to help with training, preventive measures, and required written safety and health programs.

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