Safety Tips For Home Improvement Projects

diy home improvement projects safety tipsHome maintenance and improvement projects are always gratifying when you do them yourself. It may take a few tries to get everything done exactly the way you want it, but at least you did it yourself. In addition to your self-gratification, DIY projects for your home can save you money. You don’t have to hire anyone to do it for you, so you only have to pay for the tools and materials needed.

Before you get started, there are a few things you should keep in mind in regards to safety. Here are a few safety tips for your next home improvement project:

1. Watch For Health Hazards

When you’re working on home improvement project, there are a few things that could  pose a threat to your health. For example, older homes have been known to have lead paint and asbestos. In fact, asbestos isn’t banned in the U.S. or Canada, where it’s still produced and exported. You should have your home inspected for the mineral and lead paint before moving in and starting improvement projects.

2. Use Proper Equipment

You should always wear eye protection as well as proper gloves and work clothes while working on a project. If you’re working around dust and wood shavings, wearing a mask will keep you from inhaling harmful debris.

In addition to protective gear, you should also make sure you’re using the right tools. Using an axe to pound nails into place isn’t only the wrong way to use an axe, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Always make sure you’re using the proper tools for the job. Some heavy equipment even requires a certification or a license to operate.

3. Set Up A Safe Work Space

Working in an area with plenty of space is important for getting your project done — but it is also important for your safety. Make sure there are no cords or tools lying around for you to trip over. If you’re working inside, you can also lay down plastic sheeting to protect floors and help make the clean up process easier.

Proper safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, are also important for the safety of any home. While you’re working, however, other needs might arise. If you experience an industrial spill while working on a home improvement project, you can use SpillFix Industrial Absorbent, which uses all natural materials and was recently awarded New Product of the Year by Occupational Health & Safety for sustainability and effectiveness. If you have any questions about SpillFix, feel free to contact us!


How To Protect Yourself And Your Power Tools At Work

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When working in industries like construction or manufacturing, it’s probable that you’ll come into contact, and have to work, with a number of power tools and equipment. Working with power tools every day can make the tool feel like an extension of your arm. However, that thinking can result a lapse in concentration, which could lead to mistakes – and even to injuries.

One survey estimates that power tools cause an average of 400,000 visits to the emergency room annually. That’s one statistic that you can’t afford to be a part of. Fortunately, following a few basic safety guidelines will help you stay safe on the job:

  1. Always wear safety goggles while working with tools. If you work around a lot of dust at your worksite, wear a dust mask to prevent the inhalation of dust particles and other debris. Debris and dust getting into the lungs can cause severe lung illnesses. Also, if working for prolonged periods of time with loud tools, be sure to wear earplugs or protective headphones to prevent injury to the ear drums.
  2. Dress appropriately. No loose fitting clothing should be worn when working with or around power tools. Anything that can be caught in a power tool or spinning apparatus should be taken off or tied back. That also means no jewelry or neck ties. Long hair should also always be tied back tightly to prevent it getting snagged on anything.
  3. Never use power tools when tired. Being sleepy or groggy on the job will hinder concentration and make it harder to focus on the task at hand. Falling asleep near dangerous power tools can cause serious injuries to you and others working with you and in your proximity. Make sure to take frequent breaks for fresh air if you find your concentration lapsing.
  4. When cutting something, be sure to clamp down your work. Do not try to freehand a cut. Even the most experienced and steady workman can slip or lose concentration. That interruption of concentration can result in the loss of a limb or appendage. Clamping down the object you are cutting, however, will stop it from slipping and sliding while cutting.

In addition to preparing yourself for working with the power tools, it’s also important to upkeep the tools you will be handling.

  • Continuously perform proper maintenance. Keeping up with a maintenance schedule reduces the risk of rust buildup and outdated parts damaging the tool. To keep your power tools working well, purchase new parts on a regular basis. Also remember to regularly clean the device to prevent premature damage due to worksite byproduct buildup.
  • Properly mark unsafe tools. If a power tool is found to be unsafe – frayed cords, outdated parts, etc. – clearly mark it as such and store it away from other tools until it can be disposed of properly.
  • Read over the instruction manual if you are unsure. If you are unfamiliar with a tool that you are charged with handling, make sure to read  any instructions that come with the tool. Even if the tool seems self-explanatory, the instructions could impart some knowledge about using the tools that could help you use it more safely.

As you can see, properly caring for your tools is easy for people in all occupations. It’s as simple as wearing the proper attire, protecting your eyes and ears and taking care of your tools. By following these simple tips, anyone can care for their power tools and safely reduce the risk of injury to employees.

Sources Consulted


Power Tools Institute

Using An Absorbent Product? Don’t Forget Your Spill Control Tools!

At SpillFix we believe in using products that meet several important criteria. In our view, an absorbent product must be non-hazardous to worker’s health, must be environmentally friendly, and must provide a fast-response solution for a range of potential spills in the work setting.

We’ve designed our SpillFix absorbent product specifically to meet those needs and ensure that any workers using it can clean up a range of oils, solvents and other fluids. However, our absorbent product is just the beginning when it comes to spill safety.

When dealing with a spill, two main steps must be taken no matter what the spilled substance in question may be. We’ve often spoken about spill clean-up, which is the second step workers must take when addressing a spill. But before a spill can be properly cleaned, a spill must be contained by using a range of spill control strategies and products.

Spill containment, or spill control, allows employees to effectively use absorbent products such as SpillFix in a safe, productive, and controlled environment. Without containment and control, the absorbent product just won’t work as effectively.

There are currently a range of spill control products available that allow workers to properly contain a spill before they begin using an absorbent product. Most control products fall into one of three major categories.

  • Drain covers – Spilled substances are not just dangerous within the work environment; often the materials we work with can pose a hazard to local communities and the environment if they leak out of a worksite. Drain covers prevent any toxic waste or hazardous materials from entering the sewer or storm drain systems. Available in a wide range of sizes and made from a variety of products, drain covers belong in any spill control arsenal.
  • Drain plugs – Got an open drain around your work site? Drain plugs stop contaminants from entering a drain and creating problems through public drain pipes. Just like drain covers, plugs can be bought in a wide range of sizes.
  • Spill containment products – You can’t clean a spill as long as it’s ongoing. When machinery malfunctions or massive amounts of liquid begin to leak no amount of absorbent product in the world will stop the spill from spreading. That’s where containment products come in. These products ensure that leaking machinery does not create a catastrophe at work by containing a spill within a locked off area. Spill containment dikes, berms and booms offer a range of containment options in varying sizes, shapes, and flexibility, ensuring that you’re equipped to handle any spill scenario.

There is, however, a fourth product category to consider when addressing spill containment and control:

  • Safety accessories for your containment tools – Why stock up on safety equipment only to risk damaging that equipment? Safety accessories for your containment tools, such as carrying case, wall mounts, and protective covers, will ensure that your spill control products work properly when you really need them.

No one knows better than us that spill response teams need to act fast in the event of a spill. With the appropriate control and cleanup supplies on hand, no work accident needs to become a public safety hazard.

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