In the dynamic field of construction, shotcreting plays a pivotal role, offering a versatile and efficient method for applying concrete. However, it's imperative to prioritize safety due to the inherent risks of the shotcreting process. This webpage is dedicated to outlining the best practices and guidelines for ensuring safety in shotcreting operations.

Adhering to Regulations and Training

  • Compliance with Safety Regulations: It's essential to adhere strictly to statutory and site-specific Occupational Health and Safety regulations​​.
  • Training and Competency: Operators and personnel must be thoroughly trained and competent in their roles, including statutory and industry inductions, as well as site-specific training​​.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Essential Gear: All personnel must wear safety helmets, approved footwear, and high-visibility vests​​.
  • Protection from Rebound and Dust: Use of approved dust masks, respirators, eye, and ear protection is crucial, especially for sprayers and personnel near the shotcreting operation​​.
  • Skin Protection: Barrier creams or other skin protection methods are necessary due to the irritating nature of wet cement and chemicals used in shotcrete​​.
  • Appropriate Clothing: Long sleeves and pants are recommended for sprayers to protect against splashes and debris​​.

Equipment and Operational Safety

  • Remote-Controlled Equipment: Utilizing remote-controlled equipment can significantly enhance safety by keeping operators away from unsupported ground and minimizing exposure to rebound and dust​​.
  • Proper Lighting: Adequate lighting is critical, especially in underground environments, to ensure safe and effective spraying​​.
  • Restricting Access: Limit access to the shotcreting area with signage and barricades to prevent unauthorized entry​​.

Pre-Spraying Safety Checks

  • Inspecting the Site: Before beginning shotcreting, thoroughly inspect the site for misfired explosives, loose ground, water seepage, and signs of ground movement​​.
  • Equipment Set-Up: Ensure that the shotcrete machine is correctly positioned and ready for operation after a comprehensive inspection and risk assessment​​.


Maintaining a safe shotcreting environment requires diligent adherence to safety regulations, proper training, use of protective equipment, and cautious operation. By following these guidelines, shotcreting can be performed efficiently without compromising the safety and well-being of those involved.

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