Health & Safety
We are working with some serious pressure with these machines so Health & Safety is Paramount and there are things you need to keep in mind:
Trigger Lock – When the gun is not in use or when you pass it to someone else make sure that the trigger lock is on.
Don’t leave the machines under pressure when you go for a break – Anyone could pick up the gun when you are not around
Turn off and unplug the machine at the end of the day – Saved on some clever person trying to work it when you are gone!
Make sure all the connections are tight and there are no leaks – If the hose or gun is not connected properly then it could cause a blowout.
Check the hose, tubes and connections daily – A broken hose cannot be repaired and will have to be replaced
High pressure Spray from the gun, from hose leaks or ruptured parts can inject fluid into your body and cause serious injury, including the need for amputation. Do not use your hand, a body part or rag to contain any splits in the hose or stop any leaks. Do not hold your hand over the guard or tip.
This is where the trigger lock habit is paramount. It’s easy for accidents to happen so to try and minimise this its best to start with good practice.
If you think that there is any chance that the fluid has penetrated your skin the go straight to Accident & Emergency and tell them that its fluid injection. The sooner you get treated the better the result will be.
Respiratory Protection is a must, not only for spraying but for sanding as well. You will not need the same filters when sanding as you do when spraying but you can interchange them or keep a mask for either task.
The rule of thumb is that the filters are to last a month so make sure that you have some in stock to switch them over. You will be able to tell when they need changing as you will feel it more of a struggle to breath.
For Dust – You will need a minimum P2 filter for hand sanding and P3 filter for sanding with power tools.
For Spray Painting – It depends on what you are spraying more than anything. You should be ok with a A1P2 or A2P3 or to be belt and braces sure get ABEK1P3.
You may not feel the need now but who know in the future what they find out was put into any of these products. Although most paints we use now are water based there must be chemical in them as well so make sure that you add a mask into your spraying tool kit!
Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) used at work must be manufactured in accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.4 In practice, this means you need to use CE-marked equipment. The CE mark on RPE tells you that the equipment has met the minimum legal requirements for its design but it does not mean that it is automatically suitable for your work.
Goggles & Glasses
Now some people already wear goggles or glasses when spraying but I bet a lot of you don’t?
Eye protection is especially important when spraying ceilings or when you are likely to be stood under the paint spray.
The glasses/goggles are so inexpensive that its worth having a pair to go in your spraying tool kit along with the other PPE.
We have been spraying for 20 years and although there is no known link between paint and Glaucoma, I now know 2 decorators who have it (including myself!). In another 10 years time there may be more and we will all have wished we started wearing the goggles/glasses sooner?
Again this is another piece of PPE thats not compulsory but is worthwhile using.
Gloves just protect your hands from any chemicals in the paints or liquids that you are using.