Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #16

By Plant Engineering Staff August 1, 2000
Protecting eyes
Problem: When grinding or cutting metal, employees would occasionally get particles in their eyes, even when wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Is there a way to prevent this potentially serious problem?

Solution: Place a small, inexpensive magnetic strip (about 1 in. 3 1 in.) on the bill of the worker’s hardhat. Metal flakes are drawn to the magnet, instead of hitting the worker in the eye.

Contributor: Frederick J. Goodall, Site Manager, Kellogg Brown & Root Maintenance, ExxonMobil Houston Olefins Plant, Houston, TX; 713-740-6063;

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