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Use of Hot Air Guns - University College Dulin

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Use of Hot Air Guns - University College Dulin

    UCD RISK ASSESSMENT UCDE25

    USE OF HOT AIR GUNS (GENERAL)

    Important Note

    This document is a general risk assessment for the use of hot air guns. This risk assessment should be reviewed

    fully by users of hot air guns prior to use of such equipment for the first time and in the event that it is not

    sufficient to control the risk posed by the hot air gun in question then the user should include additional risk

    control measures and more specific information on the unit in Part B below or the user can complete a new risk

    assessment.

    Introduction

    The use of hot air guns in the laboratory poses a risk of burns to laboratory personnel and also poses a risk of igniting laboratory chemicals.

    Persons At Risk

    The person using the gun is at the greatest risk of injury. If the gun ignites a flammable chemical then all persons

    in the lab are at risk.

    Date Of Assessment Completed By 01/08/2007 UCD Safety Office

    Probability Rating Outcome Rating Risk Rating Risk Assessment Likely Harmful Moderate Risk

    Measures Required To Reduce Risk

    1. No person may operate a heat gun without first receiving instruction in the safe use of that particular model. It

    is the responsibility of laboratory supervisors / managers to ensure that all persons under their control using

    heat guns have been trained, and that full records of such training are maintained.

    2. Heat guns must be visually inspected before each use and damaged units reported to the laboratory

    manager / supervisor. Damaged units must not be used until they have been examined by a competent

    person.

    3. Never use a laboratory hot air gun near open containers of flammable liquid or in environments where

    appreciable concentrations of flammable vapour may be present e.g. over glassware rinsed in solvent.

    4. The air emerging from a heat gun is very hot so the gun should be handled with due care and attention.

    5. When not in use the gun should be turned off and unplugged.

    6. All gun controls should be functioning correctly. If any control is not functioning correctly then the gun must be

    removed from service.

    7. Refer to UCDE3 Use Of Bunsen / Gas Burners Risk Assessment.

    Residual risk Probability Rating Outcome Rating Risk Rating (when all control

    measures have been Unlikely Harmful Acceptable Risk implemented)

    Residual risk Revision History Yes This is an original document. acceptable

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    UCD RISK ASSESSMENT UCDE25

    USE OF HOT AIR GUNS (GENERAL)

    Part B: Additional Information For Laboratory Equipment

    Unit Details Details Of Use

    Additional Risk Control Measures

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    Residual Risk Rating Residual risk acceptable

    Unit Details Details Of Use

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    Residual Risk Rating Residual risk acceptable

    Insert copied sheets as required

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