In the painting and decorating industry, certain tools are used to save time and effort. Rather than manually scraping the walls, a professional decorator will use either a blowtorch or a hot air paint stripper to get rid of old paint before beginning afresh.
These tools are extremely efficient, but unfortunately they can be dangerous due to the high temperatures they generate. If they are used incorrectly, accidents can result. In this article, we’ll look at how to safely operate a hot air paint stripper so as to prevent accidents.
What is a hot air paint stripper?
A hot air paint stripper is a device that looks a little like a hairdryer, but generates far higher temperatures. It is held in the hand, and has a nozzle at the front to direct the heat that is created by its internal fan. It has only one mode – it is either on or off.
Hot air paint stripper safety tips
- Always wear safety goggles and a mask – melting paint can produce vapours that can be harmful to the eyes and dangerous to inhale
- Refrain from wearing loose clothing or jewellery that could get caught in front of the stripper
- Only use the stripper after adequate training
- Check for signs of damage or excessive wear before use
- Never leave the stripper lying around where someone else could use it – they may not realise how hot and dangerous it can be
- Do not point the hot air paint stripper directly at carpets, plastics, glass, or any other heat-sensitive object
- Keep your work area tidy and be careful of where the stripper’s cable is lying (make sure that the nozzle never points towards the cable as it could melt)
- Keep the stripper dry and make sure the cable isn’t allowed to trail in puddles of liquid
- Open windows before use in enclosed areas to dissipate dangerous vapours
Injured in an accident with a hot air paint stripper
If you have been injured in an accident at work while using a hot air paint stripper, it’s very possible that your injury was due to a lack of proper training or supervision. In this case, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To find out more, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline or check our 30-second eligibility test online.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown