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Safety aspects for the installation of SWG and SWL antistatic brushes


Antistatic brushes for systems and machines: Liability aspects during installation

Antistatic brushes are indispensable components in industrial plant and machinery, serving to reduce electrostatic charges and thus prevent potential damage to sensitive components. In many cases, specific requirements call for longer brushes with a length of up to 3100 mm to achieve the desired effect. When installing such brushes, however, safety and adhesion considerations must be taken into account, especially in connection with the attachment.
It is important to emphasize that longer anti-static brushes may not be able to be securely attached using the supplied magnets alone. These magnets are often designed for standard lengths and may not provide sufficient holding power to keep the longer brushes in place during operation. Inadequate attachment carries the risk of the brushes falling off during the work process, which can not only lead to production interruptions but also cause potential damage to machinery and components.

From a legal point of view, the manufacturer or supplier of the anti-static brushes is responsible for the safety and functionality of the product supplied. However, it is the sole responsibility of the end user or operator to ensure that the brushes are properly installed and meet the requirements of the specific operating environment.
To minimize potential liability risks, it is advisable to mount longer anti-static brushes with an additional carrier. This support can be made from robust materials such as steel or aluminum, depending on requirements, and is used to hold the brushes securely in place. Fixing holes can be drilled in the upper section of the aluminum profile. A solid attachment significantly reduces the risk of falling and the associated damage.

In addition, before installing longer anti-static brushes, it is advisable to carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify potential hazards and take appropriate safety precautions. This may include consulting professionals and complying with relevant safety standards.

Overall, it is important to be aware of the potential liabilities that may be associated with the installation of prolonged anti-static brushes in plant and machinery. By properly mounting and maintaining these brushes, operators must help prevent accidents and damage and ensure safety in the workplace.