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Published On: Wed, Aug 5th, 2015

Side Effects Of Using Power Tools That Can Affect Your Health

When it comes to power tools, there are plenty of advantages. They are easy to operate and they are fast. They are comparatively safe too when compared to hand tools. For the same reason, many will prefer power tools today for DIY projects as well as professional work sites.

However, with prolonged use of power tools, you can be exposed to many side effects as well. These side effects can turn into serious health problems if you are not careful. So here is couple of the side effects of using power tools that can seriously affect your health. If you are careful, then you don’t need to worry about them at all. Let’s take a closer look below.

The Eyes: When it comes to power tools, it produces lots of dust. Depending on the material you use, be it wood, glass, metal, etc. you are going to experience lots of dust and debris at the workspace. You might assume that this dust is not dangerous to your eyes, but you are completely wrong. More than dust, sometimes these particles can hit your eyeballs in a really matter. Power tools work really fast and therefore chances are high for that. There is nothing you can do after a certain injury. So it is always wise to avoid the injury. So keeping the side effects in mind, I would suggest you to wear a protective glass at the work place.

 photo of worker in 2011, S. Herman via wikimedia commons

photo of worker in 2011, S. Herman via wikimedia commons

The Ears: Just like eyes, you need to protect your ears too when you are operating power tools. If you are using it only once in a while for your DIY projects at home, it may not be that harmful. But if you are a professional using power tools on a daily basis, you are exposing yourself to so much noise pollution on every day. If it goes like that for years, you will experience hearing problems soon. Keeping that in mind, I would suggest you to wear earplugs. This way, you will be able to minimize damage to the ears.

Inhaling Dust Particles: The biggest threat definitely comes from inhaling dust particles in the work area. Dust is not that dangerous if you are not inhaling too much of it. But when it comes to someone using power tools on a daily basis, they are going to inhale so much dust on a daily basis. This is definitely not good for your body. It can lead to a number of health problems. Keeping that in mind, you should wear masks before you start working.

Electricity: Power tools need electricity. For the same reason, power tools can be dangerous. If you don’t use it carefully, you will be subjected to electric shock. Most importantly, you shouldn’t use the power tools during rains. If it is going to be so much water in the working site, power tools can be dangerous. Keeping that in mind, you should be careful. Also, watch the wires. The wires of the device, usually create problems in most cases. If you are little careful, you can avoid many dangers. Most importantly, keep the device away from water.

Guest Author: Arya Mullen

 

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