If you have invested in a spray machine, learning how to use it in a safe way is very important. There will be a manual included with your spray machine and it’s super important to read this cover to cover before you begin spraying. There will be important safety guidance specific to your machine that you must be aware of to ensure safe use. Here are 3 safety tips when spraying:
Treat your machine like a loaded weapon
Extreme high pressure from the spray machine can cause extreme injury. Skin injection through high pressure must be seen by a medical professional immediately as it is not a standard cut, so shouldn’t be treated as one!
To avoid any A&E visits, never leave the pressurised system unattended. Follow the Pressure Relief Procedure in your manual and always take great care.
Make sure you:
• Have the tip guard in place when spraying, this will alert you to any injection hazards
• Set the gun safety lock in the ‘LOCKED’ position when you’re not using the sprayer
• Remove the spray tip when cleaning. Be very careful when you do this. If the hose is plugged, follow the Pressure Relief Procedure
• Check the operation of all sprayer safety before use
• If your machine starts to clog, engage in the gun safety latch immediately and follow the Pressure Relief Procedure
• Make sure you’re wearing appropriate PPE including goggles and a mask to avoid contact with hazardous material
• Regularly maintain your spray machine
Things you should never do:
• Don’t point the spray gun at anybody
• Don’t try to stop leaks with your body
• Don’t alter the equipment in any way
• Don’t smoke in a spraying area
• Don’t allow anybody to use the sprayer who is untrained
• Don’t use around children
Avoiding explosions and fires
To reduce the risk of fire, place the sprayer at least 6M away from the area you’re spraying in and do not plug anything else into the area.
This could cause sparks due to vapours still in the air from spraying. Never spray near an open flame and keep all flammable material away from your machine.
Ensuring you are spraying in a well-ventilated room will allow vapours to dissipate and reduce the risk of fire.
Never spray highly flammable materials and always make sure there is fire extinguishing equipment available when you’re spraying.
Make sure your spray machine is properly grounded to reduce the risk of static sparking. Is the outlet undamaged? Is your extension cord in good condition? Never smoke in the same area as the room you’re spraying in.
NEVER misuse your spray machine!
Misuse can cause serious injury or even death.
It is important you respect the machine you’re using and take the time to gain experience in using the machine safely.
Never operate the machine if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if you’re seriously fatigued.
Always stay alert and make sure you keep the hose in good working condition.
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