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