COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The head of NAHAD's Hose Safety Institute said the group is searching for ways to make sure end users of hose assemblies know exactly what the group is trying to accomplish.
Over the past couple of years, the institute has updated and consolidated its handbook and fabrication guides, including the 10 examinations associated with those, according to NAHAD Standards Director Debbie Mitchell.
“What we're really focusing on now is how to better engage the end users of our members and get the word out,” she said. “We want to get much more visibility out in the marketplace about what the Hose Safety Institute is and why they should care about it.” Mitchell discussed the institute during the annual meeting of the association for hose makers and distributors, held recently in Colorado Springs.
One way to do that is leverage the group's Advisory Council, which includes 12 members representing a number of different industries, she said. That includes an effort to produce white papers that are based on a topic that normally involves employee safety or environmental concerns associated with potential spills or accidents.
The first one was on hydro blasting, where hose products have to stand pressures as high as 40,000 psi. She said there are severe implications for users if the hose assembly fails.
A second paper focused on liquid vacuum operation, which targeted both employee safety and environmental spills. “If you're vacuuming up liquids that are horribly injurious to the environment, you don't want to have a hose or hose assembly failure at that stage of the game,” Mitchell said.
She added that the papers were a collective effort where the issues involved in the problem first were laid out. The group then put together a series of educational pieces stating what the problem is and what the best practices are to address it.
The white papers are available to anyone as a free download. “I've had hundreds of downloads from interested people worldwide for both of those white papers,” Mitchell said. “It's a great way to get more visibility both for the institute and for the hose assembly guide-lines and those who do business that way.”
NAHAD also is working on other tools, she said, to enable members to serve their customers better, including an app that would give members instant access to the safety handbook, all the white papers and a variety of other resources.