Sanding safety

This article provide basic information on sanding safety.

Before beginning any surface preparation, repair or renovation work on your home, go to the following link for the EPA's website for information on the prevention of lead hazards and click on the link "Information for Homeowners Working at Home"

Before beginning the surface preparation of your home, 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 protection professional will be able to provide the protective equipment and instruction for use that you will need to work safely. Wear the respiratory system protection recommended for each sanding task.
A workplace safety equipment store can provide respiratory system protection equipment.

Wear eye protection

Always wear eye protection when sanding surfaces.
A workplace safety equipment store can provide eye protection equipment.

Using "dustless" sanding techniques when working on a home built before 1978

Using "dustless" sanding techniques will help you to reduce the amount of sanding dust that would otherwise be generated by manual sanding done with traditional abrasives, such as sandpaper. (See the article on "Dustless" sanding)

For an extra measure of safety, use a HEPA vacuum to clean up any sanding or construction-related dust

A HEPA vacuum offers greater protection against potentially-harmful dust than a regular vacuum.

Use a HEPA filter attachment when using an electric sander

A HEPA filter will help to contain more dust than a regular attachment, or no attachment at all.


The information for this article can be found in the book: The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting, on pages 19, 20, 88 and 92