HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN PRESSURE WASHING
All work carried out using a pressure washer can be dangerous, even if the job only takes a few minutes. Precautions are needed to control the risk.
Individuals carrying out pressure cleaning work must have a reasonable amount of knowledge and be competent in doing so. Having the correct PPE is also a major factor.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The risks when planning on using a pressure washer:
- Physical Injuries
It is typical to underestimate the power of a pressure washer. But, the water from the device is stronger than the garden hose. That kind of pressure can definitely cause intense physical injuries, not only to the feet but hands as well.
The pressure makes it hard for you to control the hose. This increases the chances of having a runway hose, which may cause injuries. The pressure from the wand can be dangerous.
- Electric Shock
Pressure washers are precarious because of the fact that you need to mix water and electric power. These machines also contain power cables, a feature that makes them susceptible to cracking. Since you are working with water, water mustn’t seep into the cords because it can result in electric shock and fire.
- Damage To Surfaces
When dirty, a pressure washer can be used to clean these surfaces. Pressure washing comes with power. This makes it an invaluable tool for cleaning. Therefore, the pressure may harm your hardscape and other surfaces alike. Washing too close may also cause permanent damage to paint, wood and patio jointing. If the hose of your pressure washer isn’t positioned correctly, it can cause damage. When pressure cleaning, stones and debris can flick up and smash the glass on windows and doors.
Safety precautions when planning to carry out pressure washing tasks:
- Full PPE must be worn at all times.
Safety boots, Gloves, Overalls, Goggles and ear defenders.
- Check power cables are not ripped or torn.
- Trip hazards
- Cover and protect surrounding windows and doors.
- Avoid blocking up drains
HIRING A CONTRACTOR
Make sure the contractor you hire is:
- Trained in health and safety standards
- Check company background
- Check reviews of previous clientele work
- Can provide a full RAMS if requested