Television shows often make DIY projects seem clean and fun. The reality is that the average person may not have a whole crew of people cleaning after them and keeping the area free from dust and toxic fumes. Therefore, the first thing you must do when doing a DIY project is to obtain the proper safety equipment for the job. Here is a list of DIY tasks where it is imperative that you use protective equipment and what kind:
One of the most common tasks that DIY projects require is the painting of some sort of surface. Paint can place anyone, regardless of how healthy they are, in a dangerous situation if the right precautions are not taken. One of these precautions is to open up every window and door within the area you are working on. Paint, if not allowed to disperse, can cause watery eyes, headaches, and nausea, and those are just the minor dangers. Paint also contains a chemical called methylene chloride which can cause you to faint and experience shortness of breath. So, what can you use to combat this? The most common safety equipment used during paint jobs are masks that go over your mouth and nose. They are relatively inexpensive but are not the best for total protection from the fumes. If you wish to, you could instead purchase a respirator. These are more elaborate and safe but will cost you a little more.
Dust and Flying Particles
DIY projects often mean that you might need to assemble a certain part of your project using a saw or other cutting machine. According to ANSI Z87.1, eye protection is required for situations that involve a lot of dust, such as using saws, fans, and other machines. Excessive amounts of dust can cause serious irritation and temporarily impact eyesight. In fact, it’s no surprise that home DIY projects tend to have the highest cases of eye-related incidents. Even tasks such as working with piping or paint powder can be very dangerous to the eyes if the right protection isn’t used.
So, what kind of eye protection do you need?
Unfortunately, your regular everyday sunglasses are not going to cut it. The best route to take is to head down to your local hardware store and pick up a pair of wraparound safety glasses or goggles. These inexpensive glasses are both anti-fog and anti-glare, and completely protect your eyes from all angles of exposure.
DIY projects are always an exciting challenge to tackle. However, we should always make sure to practice safety precautions and wear the right safety gear. It is imperative to understand the importance of safety and how to prevent incidents from happening by utilizing proper safety equipment.
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