There is no single carcinogen that causes all types of cancers [1]. Cancer might be caused by fumes from power tools and equipment, chemicals from soaps and detergents, chemicals in products, or something else entirely. Because the causes are not known, you need to stay protected from substances considered carcinogens such as fumes, smoke, and some chemicals.

A pressure washer is one of the essential tools in a home. If your home is large, using a pressure washer will make cleaning easy. If you clean people’s homes professionally, a pressure washer is a staple tool. There are a few risks and hazards any power tool exposes you to but you can avoid them with ease by following the tips below.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Through Regular Maintenance 

Carbon monoxide is a safety and health hazard. You can avoid it through regular maintenance of your pressure washer. The problem of carbon monoxide is common with gas-powered pressure washers. Even regular maintenance, you still need to use your washer in a well-ventilated area. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs quickly – if you are working in a congested area, such as a city parking garage, proper ventilation will keep you safe. Specific machines also come with safety instructions on how to avoid poisoning – be sure to follow all the instructions.

Choose Low-Noise Machines and Wear Protective Clothing

Some pressure washers are loud. Most are not loud, especially if you regularly maintain them. Exposure to high-decibel noise can have damaging long term effects. In severe cases, you might even lose your hearing. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is common with people who constantly use high-noise machines. When working with a pressure washer, especially one with a higher PSI, wear protective gear to prevent damaging your ears.

Avoid Allergies and Asthma

Mold and mildew might not harm healthy people. However, people with allergies and asthma are at a risk. Exposure to mold can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, nasal congestion, runny nose, and difficulties in breathing. If you suffer immune suppression or lung disease, mold will affect you more than it does other people.

Mold only requires moisture and oxygen to grow. When cleaning using a pressure washer, wear a mask or a respirator to protect you from spores. The protective clothing you wear should be easy to clean or disposable.

Use Green Chemicals

Chemicals used in a pressure washing environment can be a health hazard. Before using any chemicals, you need to understand as much as you can about the product including the use, and health risks, dangers, and disposal recommendations. You can read about hazardous chemicals as outlined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Besides choosing chemicals that are safe and wearing protective gear, you can decide to use green products. Green products are formulated from organic ingredients making them safe for human use.

Note that, some chemicals can cause health complications such as cancer, damage to the brain, lungs, and nerves. These complications occur after long term exposure to these chemicals. There are different ways through which chemicals can enter into your body:

  • Through the skin and membranes
  • Through the nose when you breathe in
  • Through the mouth when you ingest them

Some chemicals are dangerous in small amounts while others are only dangerous when ingested in large quantities. Irritations, allergies, asthma, burns, and breathing problems are common.

When buying cleaning chemicals, look at the label on the container to understand the chemicals used and the health risks they pose. Each product should have Material Safety Data Sheets which show all chemicals used and their effects on your health. This way, you can choose products that are less hazardous to your health. 

In conclusion, maintaining your machine, wearing protective clothing, and choosing green cleaning products will keep you safe from cancer and other health conditions.

References [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734938/