If you work with chemical hoses, then you depend on the hose to form a barrier between you and the chemical substance it contains. What happens when the hose no longer forms that barrier? You could become injured, or you may end up with damage to the structure that surrounds you. In order to protect yourself, others, and your surroundings, make sure you are following these four key tips for chemical hose safety.

1. Inspect the hose every time.

Before you use the hose, give it a thorough look-over. Look at the whole length of the hose, noting any dry rot, cracks, or bulges that could cause the hose to break or start leaking when in use. Also, make sure the ends of the hose are securely attached to the fittings. Do not skip this step, even if you just used the hose the other day and it was fine. Deterioration and decay have to first appear at some point, and you want to catch them as early on as possible before they compromise the hose.

2. Clear the area.

Before you use the hose, make sure you clean and clear the area where the hose will be used. You would not want to step backwards, bump into something, and trip with the hose in your hand. You don't want to hit anything with the hose, either. If you use the chemical hose regularly in the same space, then get into the habit of keeping that space clear from clutter.

3. Store the hose properly.

Designate a storage area for the hose, and return it to this place whenever it is not in use. Make sure the storage space is not in direct sunlight, does not expose the hose to salt water, and keeps the hose up off the ground where someone might trip on it. If there are other people in the building who are permitted to use the hose, review your preferred storage location with them and ensure they know how and where to store the hose, too.

4. Check the pressure and temperature rating.

Before you use the chemical hose for any new project, always check the pressure and temperature rating of the hose against the temperature and pressure rating for the system you will be using. Never exceed the rating on the hose; this could cause the hose to burst.

For more safety tips, reach out to the manufacturer of your chemical hose, such as Specialties  Company- Freeport.