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Risk assessment guide: Restoration Concepts ™ Flexible Sanding Blocks.


Incorrect use of tools can result in tool breakage, damage to the job, or personal injury.

This part of our web-site explains correct usage of our sanding block.

Apart from causing injury or damage, failure to use correctly will also void warranty and may affect your legal rights.

Employers: you are required to evaluate risks to safety and health then to improve the standards of safety and health for workers and others who may be harmed. This process is called a risk assessment.

A risk assessment involves identifying the hazards present and then evaluating the extent of the risks involved. The challenge is to reduce the potential for accidents, injury or ill health that arise from working activities.

The workers have to be trained to increase their awareness of ergonomic factors and to recognise and avoid unsafe working conditions. In using our sanding block you must reduce repetition, awkward postures and vibration. Practical solutions are to develop appropriate work rest ratios and job rotation to reduce fatigue.

Using a sanding block is a repetitive task - it requires the same movements to be repeated several times in a minute. Repetitive movements can cause harm, especially when required in combination with large muscle forces used for gripping a flexible sanding block, even more so when gloves are being worn. The risk is increased if the wrist cannot be held straight during these tasks. ip: hold your wrist straight whilst using the sanding block.

Although we have provided an ergonomically designed hand tool, this will only reduce this risk. You must take regular breaks to rest your muscles. As you may also be standing or kneeling in an unnatural position for some time whilst using our sanding block, you should avoid static muscle damage.

Static muscle work means the continuous contraction of some muscles to maintain the posture or to hold the force level constant. If static contraction is held for an extended period, the circulation in the muscles will be disturbed and this can result in disorders.

With high muscle load, fatigue will force the worker to take a rest. With lower loads the level of fatigue is not so evident and the worker can spend too long a time the same posture. Don’t - take a break of 10 minutes every hour, even if it means doing a different type of work.

Hand Arm Vibration

Hand-arm vibration is caused by the use of vibrating hand-held tools.. The nature of these tools involves vibration (a rapid back and forth type of motion) which is transmitted from the tool to the hands and arms of the person holding the tool. Vibration Syndrome and Vibration-Induced White Finger (VWF) or Raynaud's Syndrome are the major health hazards related to the use of vibrating tools.
Vibration Syndrome is a group of symptoms related to the use of vibrating tools and includes -some or all of the following: muscle weakness, muscle fatigue, pain in the arms and shoulders, and vibration-induced white finger. Vibration-Induced White Finger (VWF), also known as "Dead Finger" or "Dead Hand" is the result of impaired circulation (poor blood supply) in the fingers, caused by the prolonged use of vibrating tools. VWF may appear after only several months on the job, or may not appear until twenty to forty years on the job. Temporary tingling or numbness during or soon after use of a vibrating hand tool is not considered to be VWF, however tingling and numbness in the fingers lasting more than an hour after finishing work may indicate early stages of VWF.

The Australian Standard AS 2763 ‘Vibration and shock – Hand Transmitted Vibration’ outlines a guide to probability for the development of VWF at different exposure levels. Ensure that you take regular breaks and rotate your work, at least 10 minutes on every hour; if there is any muscular soreness or numbness in the hand or wrist after using the sanding block seek medical advice.

Chemical sensitization

There is a risk of Skin Sensitization To Chemicals used in this product. Although manufactured with “Low Dermatitis Potential,” traces of Thiuram, Carbamate, and Thiazole may be present in the sanding block. Lesions may result from over-use of the sanding block; if they do, use only whilst wearing cotton gloves.

Tool breakage:

Overflexing can break the tool. Safe flexing is no more than 95% (a little more than right angle). If the tool breaks it could cause shock, and the spring steel plate if dislodged could cut or puncture your body. Flying pieces of rubber or steel could enter your eyes. Do not overflex the tool.


Either replace the sandpaper or use an air-hose top dislodge paint and filler from the sandpaper. Don’t slap or strike the sanding block - it can cause shock and breakage. If the tool breaks it could cause shock, and the spring steel plate if dislodged could cut or puncture your body. Flying pieces of rubber or steel could enter your eyes.



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