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Mud Season Car Cleaning

May 7, 2019

With mud season coming to a close we all want clean cars again; where is the power- washer?!

It seems simple, but often we rush and do things quickly, not safely.  So please:

  • Wear safety-toe, non-slip sole rubber boots.
  • Wear hearing protection.
  • Protect skin when using solvents. Use appropriate hand protection for the materials being used. Check that solvent storage tanks and containers are correctly bonded and grounded.
  • Remove immediately any clothing saturated in solvents and wash skin with soap and water thoroughly.
  • Watch out for burns from hot water and back blast from water or dirt particles.
  • Do not direct high velocity streams of water on yourself or others.
  • Do not use solvents to remove oil and grease from hands. Use soap and water or a waterless cleanser.
  • Read and understand information provided in the SDS of all cleaning products or solutions that are you using.

When using steam cleaners and high-pressure/power-washers:

  • Always read the instruction manual before using any equipment.
  • Never spray near a power source.
  • Use eye protection.
  • Wear waterproof clothing.
  • Wear protective clothing to protect from burns and splatter.
  • Never direct the spray towards any person or your body.
  • Make sure that there is adequate ventilation, especially if you are using a fuel-powered washer.
  • Be aware that the spray gun may cause kickback.
  • Fill or drain a fuel tank outdoors, away from sources of ignition.

 

Reference: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/garages/wash_clean.html