11 Plumbing Safety Tips from the Pros

Every job involves dangers, so we take the appropriate precautions and wear the appropriate PPE. Many safety precautions are the same in all industries and industries because the risks are similar. We take it for granted that clean water flows into our buildings and wastewater. However, if problems do arise, plumbers can be exposed to several hazards during the repair. We wrote about electrical wiring safety and general safety on the construction site. Now we bring you 11 safety tips from the professionals.

Quick article overview

  • Know your codes – they exist for a reason
  • Wear eye protection
  • Gloves prevent cuts and infections
  • Protective shoes keep you stable on wet surfaces
  • Be careful! Gas pipes, excessive attic heat and more …

Safety tips for personal sanitary installations

1. Prepare for the job

There’s no shortage of stereotypes about prep, so we’re not going to try to create a new one here. However, to prepare for a plumbing job, you need to look up the relevant plumbing and building codes to know what the job involves. Be sure to practice necessary skills – like soldering – before going to work if you are rusty. The reality of uncomfortable positions is often more difficult than theory. So be prepared.

2. Protect your eyes

Plumbers need them to get the job done. Put on protective glasses that will not fog up and keep them on. When you put glasses on your head, it’s easy to forget that you are exposed.

3. Protect your ears

There are lots of sharp, loud noises on a plumbing construction site. Over time, these noises affect a plumber’s hearing if the ears are unprotected.

4th Cover your arms and hands

Long sleeves protect against burrs and other cutting hazards. Some professionals are not interested in gloves, at least not during part of the job, as gloves can interfere with dexterity. However, gloves play an important role in preventing infection. As such, they remain a key piece of safety equipment when plumbers come into contact with waste, hazardous industrial chemicals, and mold.


5. Protect your feet

Walking in puddles is inherently more dangerous. Non-slip boots protect the feet and the whole person from falls. There are even boots like the Keen Utility Tacoma that are resistant to many waste products.

Keen Utility Tacoma work boots

6th Your lungs are also important

Gloves protect the skin from mold, but a greater risk is mold inhalation. Masks protect a plumber’s lungs from mold and dangerous fumes.

7th Take care of your head

A plumbing hat isn’t always required when doing plumbing, but it’s a good idea to have one on hand. Plumbers wear them more often in industrial and new construction work.

Safety tips for installation on the construction site

8th. Extreme temperatures

From working in attics in Florida in the summer to working in basements in Minnesota in winter, plumbers experience extreme temperatures. This is not a place to be a hero. Plumbers can protect themselves with appropriate work clothes, hydration, and common sense.

9. Gas pipes and shutdown

Water, electricity and flammable substances do not mix. If a plumber smells gas, it is time to evacuate until the source is found and safety returns.

10. Use the right tools

Every craftsman knows the value of the right tool. This makes the job easier, faster and safer. Part of the preparation is anticipating what tools may be needed.

Adaptable pipe wrench from Milwaukee Cheater

11. Have emergency contact information ready

The professionals know who to call for any systems they contact – gas companies, electricity companies, site managers, and homeowners.

We hope you are more secure now that you know these 11 plumbing safety tips. If you are a pro and have additional installation tips to keep your safety safe, add them in the comments below. You can also contact us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your own pro tips.

This article was first published in Pro Tool Reviews on January 27, 2017.

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