Proper maintenance of your equipment should ensure that no excessive CO is being emitted, so long as the unit is used in a well ventilated area. If the pressure washing is being done in an enclosed space, be sure to provide respirators. The same advice would serve you well when working in a particularly congested area, such as a city parking garage or other enclosed space. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur very quickly and can be deadly so it is better to err on the side of caution.
Our world is a noisy place and we have often come to take it for granted, but prolonged exposure to high decibel noise will have a damaging long term effect on hearing. Yet another reason to keep all equipment in good working order is to keep the unit working at a sensible noise level. At normal levels, it is most likely not necessary to wear ear protection, but when you add in the ambient noise, it may be advisable for your health and safety.
While we all have heard that it is bad luck to walk under a ladder, you may not know that using a ladder can be dangerous! Ladders should be used with great care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Regular inspection and cleaning of ladders can prevent accidental falls and even death.
Obviously, your pressure washing operation will be dealing with water under great pressure, and it may seem overly cautious to worry about water pressure, but it is important. Wearing personal protective equipment all year round reduces the health and safety risk of injury that can be caused by the powerful water pressure.
While most contractors use gas powered pressure washers, some rely on electrical models even in this constantly wet environment. The risk of electric shock is ever present and you should take care to inspect all machines and wiring to reduce the health and safety risk to you and your workers.
When using chemicals in a pressure washing environment, it is imperative to have as much information about their use, healthy and safety risks, dangers and disposal recommendations as possible. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides contractors with a guide to hazardous chemicals that should be in the tool bag of any contractor who is dealing with chemicals.
The bottom line is keeping an eye on your equipment, your surroundings and your workers to be healthy, safety and stay in business.
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