Safety & Compliance

It is important to review these safety guidelines with all users of the machine prior to setting up or operating WAZER.

Signal Words

Throughout this document, on product labels, and in other collateral materials, you will come across various signal words to capture your attention. Some of these signal words alert you to safety hazards. This is critical to the safety of WAZER users. These signal words are also there to make sure your machine or environment doesn’t suffer any damage. Be sure to familiarize yourself and all other users of the machine with these signal words. Make sure to refer back to this section as needed. You can expect to find this signaling next to the section title that contains the content related to the signaling or directly next to the signaling content.

 


WARNING indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.


CAUTION indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.


SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS indicates specific safety-related instructions or procedures which, if not followed, could result in a hazardous situation.


NOTICE indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in property damage.


CRITICAL indicates an instruction, which if not followed, could result in unsuccessful operation or damage to WAZER.

Product Safety Labels

In addition to the signal words listed above, WAZER has various Product Safety Signs and Safety Labels placed in visible locations. These labels are critical to your safety. You must familiarize yourself and other users with their meaning. Ignoring these labels may result in equipment or property damage as well as physical injury or death.

TEAM LIFT indicates a hazardous situation which could result in minor or moderate injury, and which can be avoided with a safe two-person lift.

HOT SURFACE indicates a hazardous situation which could result in minor or moderate injury due to high surface temperatures. Avoid contact with hot surfaces during operation.

CUT/SEVER indicates a hazardous situation which could result in death or serious injury due to high cutting forces. Avoid contact with the Jet or High-Pressure components during operation.

ENTANGLEMENT indicates a hazardous situation which could result in death or serious injury due to moving and spinning components. Avoid contact with components in motion during operation.

ELECTRIC SHOCK indicates a hazardous situation which could result in death or serious injury due to electrical components. Avoid contact with all exposed electronics during operation.

EYE PROTECTION indicates a hazardous situation which could result in minor or moderate injury, and which can be avoided with proper eye protection.

Product Safety Labels should be periodically inspected and cleaned as necessary to maintain good legibility.
If they are no longer legible, the Product Safety Labels should be replaced. For Product Safety Labels that are lost or damaged, contact WAZER Customer Support for replacement labels and recommended installation procedure.
 

Safety Directives

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Always wear safety glasses during set up, operation and maintenance of WAZER.

  • Hearing protection is highly recommended when operating WAZER for long periods of time.

  • Non-slip footwear is highly recommended during setup, operation and maintenance of WAZER.

  • Non-operators in the 10-foot vicinity of WAZER during setup or operation must wear safety glasses and are highly encouraged to wear hearing protection and non-slip shoes.

  • Gloves are highly recommended when handling Material. Materials may have sharp edges immediately after cutting.

Environment and Machine Location

  • Make sure that the floor surface around the WAZER location is water resistant and slip proof. WAZER operates with abrasive and water. While it is an enclosed system, water is likely to spill during routine use, setup, or maintenance. Ideally, the location should contain a floor drain in case of extreme failure.

  • WAZER operators should ensure anyone that enters the 10-foot vicinity of WAZER follow the proper safety directives.

  • WAZER should be installed in an area that allows the machine to be monitored while it is running.

Usage

  • WAZER is a tool that can cause injury and should be accessible only to those that have read this User Manual and are capable of understanding the risks associated with this tool. Ensure that the WAZER location will never result in an untrained individual using the machine.

  • If WAZER is intended to be used by multiple people, we highly encourage putting an orientation and training program in place at the facility to ensure correct usage.

  • Do not set up, operate, or perform maintenance on the machine under influence of illicit drugs, alcohol, or over-the-counter and prescription drugs that can impair one’s ability to operate heavy machinery safely.

  • All operators of WAZER should be aware of the On/Off Valve and water shutoff locations.

  • All operators of WAZER should be aware of the WAZER Power Switch.

  • Do not use WAZER or its components in an unintended way.

  • Do not make unauthorized modifications to the machine or its components.

  • WAZER should not be left unattended while in operation.

  • All operators of WAZER should follow the safety precautions outlined in the Safety Data Sheet of WAZER approved Abrasive.

  • Use of non-WAZER approved Abrasive can result in equipment or property damage as well as physical injury.

  • All operators should follow the safety precautions outlined in the Material Safety Data Sheets of the materials being cut on WAZER.

  • Always follow the correct startup, operating, and shutdown procedures outlined in this User Manual.

Setup

  • Always use proper lifting technique when lifting heavy components to avoid injury or strain.

  • Always make sure the machine is fastened using the Wall Mount Bracket.

  • Ensure WAZER is plugged into a properly grounded NEMA 5-15 receptacle. Refer to a licensed and qualified electrician and your local national, state, and local codes if you have any questions.

  • Ensure the Pump Box is plugged into a properly grounded NEMA 5-15 receptacle that has a 15 amp breaker. Refer to a licensed and qualified electrician and your local national, state, and local codes if you have any questions.

  • Only operate WAZER and Pump Box on 110-120VAC 60hz power. Never attempt to operate it using converters or adapters.

Operation

  • Never operate WAZER with components out of place or missing. This includes and is not limited to the Cut Bed, Nozzle Cover, Nozzle, and Door.

  • Never override any safety sensors or systems in WAZER.

  • Never touch components inside the Enclosure if WAZER is operating. This includes, but is not limited to, the Cut Bed, Nozzle, and the Material you are cutting.

  • Stay clear of all high-pressure components during operation.

  • Never reach under, over, or into WAZER or Pump Box during operation.

Shutdown

  • Always disconnect WAZER from power and shut off the water supply when leaving WAZER unattended.

Maintenance

  • Follow all maintenance procedures and schedules presented in the User Manual. Failure to maintain WAZER could result in damage to WAZER or the Pump Box, a degradation of cut quality, or create safety risks to you and your environment.

  • Do not engage in any maintenance while WAZER is connected to power and water supply. Always disconnect WAZER from all power sources and water sources before opening the Pump Box or interacting with any electronics.

  • Do not perform unauthorized maintenance on WAZER or its components. All maintenance must follow instructions in authorized sources of information including this User Manual, WAZER resources site, and content provided by WAZER Customer Support.

Leaks

  • Before and after a Cut, always inspect the surrounding area of WAZER and Pump Box for leaks. • In the event that a leak is observed, turn off the power going to WAZER.
  • Never attempt to identify the location of a leak when the machine is on.

Injuries

Injuries caused by high pressure waterjets can be serious. In the event of any waterjet injury the “Waterjet Technology Association” recommends:

  • Seek medical attention immediately. Do NOT delay!

  • Inform the doctor of the injury.

  • Tell the physician what type of waterjet project was being performed at the time of the accident and the source of the water and the materials involved.

  • Inform the physician of the following information:

    • This patient may be suffering from a waterjet injury.

    • Evaluation and management should parallel that of a gunshot injury.

    • The external manifestations of the injury cannot be used to predict the extent of internal damage.

    • Initial management should include stabilization and a thorough neurovascular examination.

    • X-Rays can be used to assess subcutaneous air and foreign bodies distant from the site of injury.

    • Injuries to the extremities can involve extensive nerve, muscle, vessel damage, as well as cause a distal compartment syndrome.

    • Injuries to the torso can involve internal organ damage. Surgical consultation should be obtained.

    • Aggressive irrigation and debridement is recommended.

    • Surgical decompression and exploration may also be necessary.

    • Angiographic studies are recommended pre-operatively if arterial injury is suspected.

    • Bandages with a hygroscopic solution (MgSo4) and hyperbaric oxygen treatment have been used as adjunctive therapy to decrease pain, edema and subcutaneous emphysema.

    • Unusual infections with uncommon organisms in immunocompetent patients have been seen; the source of the water is important in deciding on initial, empiric antibiotic treatment, and broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics should be administered.

    • Cultures should be obtained

  • For your convenience, we have also included a wallet sized laminated medical alert card in the pouch of this printed user manual. This card contains the above injury treating information per the “Waterjet Technology Association” recommendation. We recommend that users of the machine carry this card. Additional copies of this card can be attained by contacting WAZER customer support.

  • Bacteria can build up in the standing water of the Tank. Any injuries or cuts, even minor ones, should be treated with caution. If you have open wounds avoid contact with the water or wear gloves that do not expose you to the Tank water.

Now that you are familiar with our safety guidelines, let's get acquainted with the WAZER system.