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The health and safety implications of self-piercing riveting

The health & safety implications of operating the self-piercing riveting process are relatively minor compared with some widely used component assembly methods.

Unlike resistance spot-welding, for example, self-piercing riveting does not produce fume, heat and spatter. It is also a moderately quiet process.

However, safety goggles should be worn at all times, and care must be taken to prevent personal injuries caused by trapping fingers, for example, between the punch and die. A range of measures can be implemented to minimise risks, ranging from two-hand control to remotely operated machines.

Suitable gloves should be worn when handling sheet materials and components which have sharp edges.

Before starting a new application, a Risk Assessment should be carried out as a key step in ensuring safe operation.

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