In times gone by, the primary worry when self-varnishing your floor would have been the lead content within the varnish itself. Yet, as new health and safety regulations have been introduced over the years, this is no longer a worry.
That being said, this doesn’t make self-varnishing your floor entirely risk-free. As with all chemical-based physical chores, there are health and safety dangers to be aware of. From slips, trips and falls to severe varnish-related illnesses, we take a look at some of the more common dangers associated with self-varnishing your floor.
The dangers of self-varnishing your floor
Are you tempted to buy the materials in and spend a weekend self-varnishing your floor? If so, it’s important to be aware of the hazards involved.
Here are just five of the common dangers associated with self-varnishing your floor.
- Dermatitis and other skin irritations, including cracking
- Visual impairments, both temporary and permanent, due to varnish contact with the eye
- Acute and long-term respiratory issues, caused by inhalation of varnish fumes
- Accidental ingestion leading to stomach problems of varying severity
- Common slips and falls due to the nature of varnished flooring
As with all skilled tasks, such as varnishing floors, if you are unsure of how to handle the required chemicals or varnish your floor, you should always call in the professionals to minimise the risk of preventable accidents.
Claiming compensation for accidents at home
If you have been involved in an accident at home through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that all accidents are unique, which is why we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we get to grips with the basis of your claim. This enables us to determine both where liability is likely to lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
Whether you suffered a simple slip or a more severe floor varnish-related injury, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help.
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Our freephone helplines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Call us on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice