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Your hose safety guide from hydraulic hose suppliers in South Africa

Hydraulic hose safety not only ensures the safety of operators and other staff members on site, but also assists with the on-going maintenance of hose assemblies, giving you a longer lifespan from your hoses.

The use of hydraulic and industrial hoses has grown tremendously over the past two decades. As a leading hydraulic hose supplier in Southern Africa, Pirtek knows exactly how important hose safety on site (as well as during installation, storage and maintenance) can be. Here are a few tips:

Employee safety

Implement a hose management policy and guidelines within your company. This policy should include a training manual so all operators are familiar with the workings of the hose, as well as ongoing inspection and testing of the hose. Operational consistency starts with putting these guidelines in place so everyone knows what is expected when using, cleaning and maintaining hoses.

Equipment based safety

Ensure the correct hose assembly parts are used for different fluids. Fluids can have different chemical characteristics, which is why it’s important to invest in the correct parts that you will need. Contact Pirtek and discuss the flow rate of the system and pressure so that the correct hose is determined. The hose should be stored away from heaters, electrical equipment, direct sunlight, rain and humidity.

It is important to invest in quality hoses and schedule routine maintenance. For more information about Pirtek hoses and assemblies, contact us today.

4 environmental factors that can cause industrial rubber hoses to deteriorate

Rubber hoses and industrial hoses need proper care and maintenance in order to last a long time. While any hose will deteriorate over time, there are certain environmental factors that can contribute to this deterioration. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you have a long service life from your hydraulic or industrial hose:

Storage temperature

Your supplier or a technical consultant specialising in hoses will be able to advise you on the recommended temperature limits for your specific hose. It is important to make sure that you do not store the hose in an area that exceeds these temperature limits. Rain or excessive humidity can damage your hose, which is why you need to store it in a place that is cool and dry. Make sure that the temperature within the storage unit or workshop does not exceed 38°C.

Insects and rodents

Insects and rodents can wreak havoc on your rubber hose or industrial hose. Make sure that there are no insects and rodents in the areas where you use or store your hose.

Heaters and electrical equipment

Do not use or store the hose near heaters or other electrical equipment as this can damage the hose.

Fumes, radioactivity, oils and solvents

Your hose is sensitive to both natural and man-made environmental factors. Make sure that it is kept away from radioactive areas as well as areas that contain fumes, oils and solvents.

For more information about Pirtek hoses and assemblies, contact us today.