Panel Installation Safety | Covenant Security Equipment
Panel Handling and Installation Safety by Jacob Myong.
Bullet Resistant Panels are classified as Laminated FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) products. It is important for installers of fiberglass products to be properly supplied with basic health and safety information and personal protective equipment, such as:
Safety Data Sheets
A safety data sheet (SDS), material safety data sheet (MSDS), or product safety data sheet (PSDS) is an important component of product stewardship, occupational safety and health, and spill-handling procedures. SDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements.
You should use cotton or leather gloves to provide protection from cuts and abrasions associated with handling, drilling or cutting fiberglass materials. Nitrile/Latex gloves can also be used to prevent skin irritation due to fiberglass, but provide little cut or abrasion protection. Cotton gloves should have the PVC black dots to provide adhesion (grip) to the panels.
Dust/Particle masks or respirators to provide respiratory protection against dust associated with cutting or drilling fiberglass materials. One product on the market is the Moldex 2300 Dust and Mist Respirator. Refer to OSHA regulation Part 29 CFR 1910.134 for proper fit and use of respirators.
Protective Eyewear, especially when cutting sanding or drilling fiberglass materials. Refer to OSHA regulation Part 29 CFR 1910.133 for proper selection and fit of safety glasses, goggles and face shields.
Protective Wear to be worn over clothing to provide protection from fibrous dust that can settle in the clothing or on the skin when cutting, sanding or drilling fiberglass materials. DuPont makes a protective wear material called Tyvek that is used in sleeves, shirts, bibs and full body suits available through different manufacturers. STOKO sells a barrier cream (STOKO Emulsion) that can be applied before working with fiberglass that can help prevent skin irritation. The above listed items should be worn if workers will be cutting, sanding or drilling.
Mechanical fans or dust collection equipment are useful in reducing dust irritation. If fans are used, always place the person between the fan and the panel being machined so that any dust produced will be forced away from personnel.