Staying Safe on the Job

6 simple ways for plumbers and drain cleaners to keep themselves protected on the job

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Staying Safe on the Job

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Drain cleaning can be a very dirty job, particularly with a backup. It’s also a dangerous process, exposing workers to multiple types of hazards. But a few simple steps and a little common sense can help keep you safer on the job.

Protect your eyes

Goggles might look nerdy, but a glass eye isn’t any cooler. Use goggles, not safety glasses, and make sure to choose the right venting for the environment. If you’re only worried about impacts, direct vents are fine. If you need splash or dust protection (you probably do), choose goggles with indirect vents. If you’re expecting caustic vapors, choose a non-vented model with anti-fog lenses. 

Keep covered

It may be tempting to dress for the weather when it gets hot out, but drain cleaning can become more dangerous if you’re not properly covered. Sewage carries many dangerous pathogens, and wearing long sleeves and pants prevents them from getting on your skin and into any cuts or abrasions.

Don’t breathe that

Depending on where you’re working and how well the system and space have been maintained, you may be exposed to molds or dust that can be dangerous when inhaled. Wearing a mask or respirator keeps your lungs protected. A combination respirator is a great option to protect you from mold spores, sewer vapors and gases, dust and other airborne particulates. Just make sure it fits well and has a functional filter cartridge. 

Listen in

Cable machines and jetters can be very loud when in use. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 48 percent of plumbers report perceived hearing loss. Protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs.

Hide those toes

Don’t end up in the emergency room just because you felt like rocking some flip-flops on the job. Always wear appropriate footwear when working. Aside from the previously mentioned dangers, cable machines and jetters are heavy pieces of equipment. Steel-toed boots offer plenty of drop protection to keep your feet safe.

Wear the right gloves

Any gloves are better than no gloves, as hand coverings keep you protected from pinching skin in the cable and from contaminants in sewage. However, as they break in, leather gloves develop a crease in the palm, which can snag the cable and twist your wrist. Instead, choose something with a firm, rubber palm to avoid creasing, and swap in new gloves when wrinkles develop. Check out MyTana's Ugly gloves here:

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