Asbestos Safety and Painting

October 17, 2014

This week’s painting safety tips are all about Asbestos Safety and Painting.

  • Asbestos is a hazardous substance that can risk your health and the health of those around you if asbestos fibers become airborne.
  • Plan ahead to avoid disturbing materials containing asbestos, always prevent creating any dust and follow the correct safety procedures.
  • Sealing or painting should only be carried out on materials that are in good condition.
  • Under no circumstances are materials containing asbestos to be water blasted or dry sanded. Power tools must not be used.
  • Wipe dusty surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Wash with sugar soap or another cleaning chemical.
  • If needed, sand the surface using light wet sanding methods (hand sanding with water; no power tools).
  • Do not use a high-pressure water or compressed air cleaning equipment.
  • Do not dry sand.
  • Do not use a dry broom or paint scraper on uncoated asbestos materials.
  • Use a paint brush or roller lightly to avoid abrasion or other damage.
  • Wear suitable personal protective equipment such as a half face respirator with a filter – dust masks are not adequate.
  • Dispose of asbestos waste at the appropriate waste facility.

Happy Painting – Jonah The Painter

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