Pressure Washer Operator Safety
Employers and employees both have responsibilities related to workplace safety. Ensure the health and safety of those operating a pressure washer by incorporating the following safety procedures:
- Always read and follow the Operator’s Manual instructions
- Always wear safety goggles, closed toe shoes and hand protection when using a pressure washer or when in the vicinity of a pressure washer in use. The high pressure spray can cause debris and particles to become airborne.
- Wear ear protection as pressure washers exceed 85 db. If using the pressure washer daily for long periods of time ear protection is advised.
- Assume a solid stance and firmly grasp the spray gun with both hands to avoid injury if the gun kicks back before squeezing the spray gun trigger.
- High pressure spray can cut through skin. Never point the spray at yourself or others as serious injury can result.
- Never use a gasoline powered washer in an enclosed space.
- When using an electric pressure washer, always plug a properly grounded pressure washer into a properly grounded GFCI outlet.
- Never use an extension cord with an electric pressure washer
- Never start a pressure washer without an adequate water supply.
- Do not allow the unit to run for longer than 3 minutes with the spray gun in the closed position. The spray gun traps high water pressure, even when the engine/motor is stopped and water is disconnected. Always point the spray gun in a safe direction and squeeze the spray trigger to release high pressure every time the engine/motor stops. Engage the trigger lock when not in use.
- Never leave a pressurized unit unattended. Always shut off the unit and relieve trapped pressure before leaving.
- Use extreme caution when spraying near electrical outlets, fuse boxes, transformers, high voltage wires, etc. Severe electrical shock or death may occur.