Safety Precautions for Handling Paint Stripper Safety Precautions for Handling Paint Stripper

Everyone knows that paint stripper is dangerous. If it wasn’t dangerous, it wouldn’t be able do what it does. There are a few common sense precautions you can use when working with or around paint stripper.

Respiratory Care

Paint stripper is a volatile organic chemical. This means among other things that it’s flammable. This means that when using it or working near it, you should take all common sense measures to keep the fumes from being ignited. It also means you should only use it in a well ventilated area. A respirator mask is highly recommended. If you can’t get one, then at least a high filtration particulate mask is in order.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE is defined as any piece of clothing or equipment that is required to prevent or minimize bodily harm. Some things that fall in this category in regards to paint stripper are as follows:

  • Eye protection—This should at least be safety glasses, but a mask or goggles are better in protecting against splashes.
  • Clothing—Long sleeves and pants are important, especially for those with sensitive skin.
  • Gloves—If your exposure to the paint stripper is going to be for longer periods of time, you should wear gloves to protect your skin from burning and rashes.

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