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  • The hidden hazards of floor sanding
    and morally to inform workers of the potential for toxins in a work space as well as customers who will be living with residual toxins in the air after the job has been done What are the toxins Lead Exposure to too much lead can lead to high blood pressure anemia kidney damage infertility and even impotence so it s definitely something to avoid Older buildings with floors that have not been renovated in some time could be cause for concern as lead was used in varnishes and clear coats up to 1978 when manufacturers stopped using lead Sanding can bring lead dust from such coatings into the atmosphere for workers and homeowners to inhale You can read more about lead exposure from floor refinishing in this article Asbestos The dangers of asbestos are widely known and significant ranging from asbestosis to mesothelioma and lung cancer which can be caused by inhaling a very small amount of this substance Unfortunately it was a hugely popular construction material for most of the 20th century meaning that old homes could contain this material And again if asbestos coatings have been used on wood flooring sanding could incur some serious threats to health How to avoid hidden hazards So far so grim right Well thankfully it s not too hard to find out whether a floor is likely to contain toxins just beneath the surface If you are working on the floors find out as much as you can about the house If you re the homeowner you may know when it was last sanded If this was 1980 or earlier there could be lead under there There are also ways to test your flooring if you believe it may contain dangerous substances If you re using a professional firm and you re

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  • Health and Safety for Beginners
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  • Health & safety essentials for DIY painters
    sure all goes smoothly and safely bear the following advice in mind Always wear protection Your eyes Paint is easily flicked from the end of your brush or spattered from a roller when painting so protect your eyes with glasses goggles or a face mask Your skin For water based paint it s wise to wear impermeable gloves which will keep your hands protected and importantly clean saving the scrubbing that usually follows painting For any solvent based paints or products you really need solvent resistant chemical gloves Your lungs Your lungs are also at some risk when painting so keep your airway clean by ensuring the space your working in is well ventilated Opening a window will usually suffice but a ventilation system could be required if there are no windows or exterior doors to open Stay safe by knowing how to handle different paints Water based paints and solvent based paints such as everyday gloss or the concrete floor paints sold by Regal Paints and others are widely used and widely available in the UK Here s what you need to know to use them safely Water based paints Generally speaking water based paints are safer to use than solvent based paints although that doesn t mean that solvent based are dangerous But it s worth knowing that modern water based paints perform well with good durability and the ability to retain colour well It also dries quicker has less odour and brushes can be cleaned with soap and water rather than white spirit or turps Solvent based paints Sometimes solvent based paints are simply the best for the job in hand but all solvent based products carry certain hazards meaning you need to be extra cautious when using them Such products should be stored in cool ventilated

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  • Health & safety essentials for DIY painters
    in mind Always wear protection Your eyes Paint is easily flicked from the end of your brush or spattered from a roller when painting so protect your eyes with glasses goggles or a face mask Your skin For water based paint it s wise to wear impermeable gloves which will keep your hands protected and importantly clean saving the scrubbing that usually follows painting For any solvent based paints or products you really need solvent resistant chemical gloves Your lungs Your lungs are also at some risk when painting so keep your airway clean by ensuring the space your working in is well ventilated Opening a window will usually suffice but a ventilation system could be required if there are no windows or exterior doors to open Stay safe by knowing how to handle different paints Water based paints and solvent based paints such as everyday gloss or the concrete floor paints sold by Regal Paints and others are widely used and widely available in the UK Here s what you need to know to use them safely Water based paints Generally speaking water based paints are safer to use than solvent based paints although that doesn t mean that solvent based are dangerous But it s worth knowing that modern water based paints perform well with good durability and the ability to retain colour well It also dries quicker has less odour and brushes can be cleaned with soap and water rather than white spirit or turps Solvent based paints Sometimes solvent based paints are simply the best for the job in hand but all solvent based products carry certain hazards meaning you need to be extra cautious when using them Such products should be stored in cool ventilated places and away from sources of hear and flame as

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  • Health and Safety for Beginners
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  • Faulty Electrics could ruin more than just Christmas
    the way their property looked than its safety In fact only 23 percent said they would spend any time at all considering the safety implications of their Christmas decorations or the impact they could have on their electrics Electrical wholesaler Harry Burton of www theelectricalwholesaler co uk said As a supplier of Christmas lights this news is quite concerning Everyone wants their house to look good at Christmas but electrical safety can t be overlooked Nearly half have never had their electrics checked Perhaps the most shocking finding was that nearly half of the householders surveyed 49 percent said they had never checked the electrics in their property and did not know when the electrics had last been checked before they moved in The Christmas period is particularly high risk in terms of house fires as a result of the increased use of decorative lights multiple sockets and extension leads However despite the potential risk of overloading sockets or the damage that could be caused by Christmas lights that have spent the last year in the attic only three percent were concerned about the potential damage that could be caused The main causes for concern The most common problem that occurs at Christmas is the overloading of sockets by people using too many lights in their gardens which can put their electrical systems under a huge amount of strain Further problems are caused by the fact that 57 percent of householders admit to using the same lights year after year without properly checking them first 30 percent use the same lights they have used for five years or more while 47 percent said they did not understand the significance of the British Safety Kitemark Faulty electrics cause 20 000 house fires every year In a bid to reduce the number

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  • Faulty Electrics could ruin more than just Christmas
    only 23 percent said they would spend any time at all considering the safety implications of their Christmas decorations or the impact they could have on their electrics Electrical wholesaler Harry Burton of www theelectricalwholesaler co uk said As a supplier of Christmas lights this news is quite concerning Everyone wants their house to look good at Christmas but electrical safety can t be overlooked Nearly half have never had their electrics checked Perhaps the most shocking finding was that nearly half of the householders surveyed 49 percent said they had never checked the electrics in their property and did not know when the electrics had last been checked before they moved in The Christmas period is particularly high risk in terms of house fires as a result of the increased use of decorative lights multiple sockets and extension leads However despite the potential risk of overloading sockets or the damage that could be caused by Christmas lights that have spent the last year in the attic only three percent were concerned about the potential damage that could be caused The main causes for concern The most common problem that occurs at Christmas is the overloading of sockets by people using too many lights in their gardens which can put their electrical systems under a huge amount of strain Further problems are caused by the fact that 57 percent of householders admit to using the same lights year after year without properly checking them first 30 percent use the same lights they have used for five years or more while 47 percent said they did not understand the significance of the British Safety Kitemark Faulty electrics cause 20 000 house fires every year In a bid to reduce the number of house fires caused at this time of year NICEIC

    Original URL path: http://www.healthandsafetytips.co.uk/blog/52-faulty-electrics-could-ruin-more-than-just-christmas?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-02-17)
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  • Health and Safety for Beginners
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