Manufacturing plastic film requires a certain level of safety considerations to ensure the safety of employees and end users. Cooling and cutting operations can present risks, such as getting entangled at the contact points where the plastic band passes around the rollers. Contact with the blades used to cut strips and custom products can be dangerous. The U.
S. Machinery Safety Standards Committee recommends an appropriate hazard warning for the end user. The plastic is cooled after leaving the matrix and is processed by cutting standard-length profiles or cutting a standard-width film. During maintenance, releasing molten plastic from an obstruction can cause hot plastic to spurry under pressure.
It is essential for plastic manufacturers and other industrial entities to conduct periodic risk assessments, especially when experiencing growth over time. Plastic is introduced into matrices at high pressure, so any leak between the auger and the die can expel jets of molten plastic. To ensure a safe workplace, all parties must be aware of the dangers involved and work together towards a common goal.