19 Mar Stay Safe from Bacteria and Mold with Personal Protective Clothing
When cleaning up after a flood, the risk of coming in contact with toxic bacteria is very high. This is particularly true if the floodwater has been contaminated by sewage, which can contain infectious bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. Depending upon where the incident occurred, the floodwater may also include industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, pesticides or harmful liquids such as gasoline, household cleaning products or even flammable liquids.
To reduce the risk of coming in contact with these and other bacteria, OSHA recommends wearing the following personal protective clothing:
- Waterproof boots with a steel toe and insole
- An impervious body suit
- Latex or rubber gloves
- Safety goggles
It may also be necessary to wear waterproof chemical-resistant suits in order to decrease the risk of skin contact. Furthermore, all areas on the technician’s body should be as watertight as possible with the technician regularly checking the personal protective clothing for tears. Before moving to a new area, technicians should also either thoroughly clean their personal protective clothing or use disposable personal protective clothing in order to avoid spreading contaminants from one area to the next. To stay safe from airborne contaminants, such as mold, it is best to use non-vented goggles, charcoal-impregnated filters and respirators.
At Impact Restoration Supply, we have a variety of different types and styles of personal protective equipment available. Through our partnership with SAS Safety Products, we are even able to offer products such as full face respirators with P100 cartridges, safety glasses and more.