I would say that the ones experiencing problems associated with
fingers in the ultrasonic are extreme examples. They are leaving
their hands in the machine for extended periods or are having
some sort of reaction to the chemicals used. Everybody I know
uses their ultrasonic to help clean under their fingernails.
Noone said to use it as massage therapy. Simply dangle the
fingertips long enough to losen the compound under the nails.
Been working for me for 25+ years.
Seems to be the American way to take extreme examples and apply
them to everyone. I remember years ago a news article about a
woman wanting the federal govt. to put warning lables on peanut
butter because her young son crammed a huge spoonfull of pb in
his mouth and almost choked to death. Give me a break!!! Just
take a few minutes to look around your shop and find everything
we work with that is dangerous if abused or used outside the
envelope it was designed for. I have found that with a bit of
imagination tempered with knowledge and caution, practically
everything can be pushed a little outside its envelope.
Personally speaking, I don’t intend to run around being afraid of
everything just because someone said, “I heard…”. I do
consider myself an “edge walker”, though - an educated edge
walker with caution. I always try to consider the ramifications
of what could happen by constantly asking what if…
In my original post about cleaning hands in the ultrasonic I
made the mistake of not considering all the reactionaries out
there reading this forum and therefore forgot to modify my
comments with the proper federally approved warning lable:
Caution! Extended submersion of your digital extermeties
(fingers) in the solution contained in this electronic cleaning
device could result in some physical damage to your fingers. This
warning also includes the face, feet and/or any other part of
your body you may consider inserting into this equipment for any
reason whatsoever. We will not be responsible for any and all
accidents or injuries as a result of using this equipment for
anything other than its intendes use. We also recommend
This equipment be closely monitored at all times by a
qualified UCDT (ultrasonic cleaning device technician) who has
been fully trained in the proper use of this equipment.
Anyone using this machine must be fully trained in its use as
put forth in the manual included with this machine. The user
must be ready at all times to answer any questions he/she may be
asked by the PSI (phantom safety inspector) who may appear at any
time at your location.
The manufacturer’s user manual must be attached to an easily
accessible location within a 1 foot radius of the machine by a
steel cable with a tensile strength of no less than 500 lb. test.
A safety zone of no less than a 3 foot radius be designated
with approved safety indicators.
Federally approved face shields, gloves, and chemical
resistant apron must be worn at all times when within the
designated safety zone.
A full-facepiece respirator must be easily accessable all
for authorized operators of this UCD.
This warning must be posted in all employee areas and above
the area designated for the use of this equipment.
Any breach of these safety requirements can result in immediate
confiscation of the equipment. An approved toothbrush with any
and all associated technical/safety material will be supplied
until you are deemed in compliance by our PSI.
In addition, a full traing program leading to a “User
Certification” covering the proper uses and hazards associated
with unauthorized uses is available at our location. The
Ultrasonic Cleaning Device Technician Program is a longer program
requiring making arrngements for lodging. Upon successful
completion of the program the graduate will get a certificate
suitable for framing along with all the visual aids used in the
classrom including all charts, graphs, photos and coloring books
to take home. For students desiring/requiring certification,
please bring your own crayons. No sharp objects, please.
Is everybody happy, now?