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Safety equipment for protecting eyes, respiratory system, ears and hands

Before beginning surface preparation work, visit a workplace safety equipment store. There you will find the equipment that you will need to work safely.


Eye protection

Safety glasses or safety goggles

When cleaning, preparing and repairing surfaces, always wear eye protection. Wearing properly fitting safety glasses or safety goggles will help to protect your eyes when you are sanding surfaces and using tools. Eye protection should be worn whenever you are working, setting up and cleaning up the work area.

Respiratory system protection

It is important to discuss respiratory system protection with a trained professional.
Based on the age of your house, the materials that you will be working with and around, and the surface preparation, repair and painting tasks that you need to complete, a respiratory system professional will be able to provide the protective equipment and instruction for use that you need to work safely.

Ear and hearing protection

Ear plugs

Wearing earplugs will help to protect your ears from the noise caused by electric tools, such as shop vacuums, sanders and drill drivers.

Hand protection

Work gloves

Wear dry work gloves whenever you are removing damaged surface material. They should also be worn when cleaning up the work area. Light work gloves can be worn to protect hands when sanding surfaces.

Chemical-resistant rubber work gloves

Wear chemical-resistant rubber work gloves when cleaning surfaces with TSP, TSP 90, TSP Substitute or any other TSP cleaning product. They should also be worn when using wallpaper stripper or wallpaper paste remover.

This information can be found on pages 19-21 of the book:

The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting.

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