There are not many people who know that there are hazards that are related to waterproofing. It is therefore paramount that anyone who intends to do anything to do with it learns the procedures to do with safe waterproofing. Waterproofing below grade is a really dangerous thing and for your own safety you would be better off letting a professional do it for you. Should it happen that you are using a contractor, the workers need to follow the written safety program especially when it has to do with hazard – communication requirements.
The first thing that must be done is to make sure that the work area is secured properly so that other people and even members of your household stay out of harms way. a good knowledge of waterproofing materials is essential so that one is able to use them properly without sacrificing safety at all. The reason for taking care is that among the materials used for waterproofing are those that are highly flammable. Since these products are usually solvent based it is important that they are kept away form naked flames, welding operations, cutting torches or any other sources that can cause ignition. It is also important to make use of a good respirator especially when working with solvent materials. Should it happen that you are working in a closed area you may have to use and air fed respirator. Safe waterproofing precautions demand that you are not complacent about this because some of those vapors emitted by solvents are deadly and if a large area is newly applied with the material it can be potentially dangerous. Since these vapors are heavier than air, there will tend to be a buildup in any sunken areas and especially in an excavation such as a foundation.
You also need to take note that many waterproofing materials are usually laden with all sorts of chemicals most of which can be harmful to the skin. As such, care must be taken that you have and use protective clothing as well as gloves. After you are done with your work, remember that you must have heavy duty chemical resistant gloves on especially when cleaning the tools you have been using in solvent. The spray equipment you will be using such as the high pressure airless sprayer can very easily inject toxic chemicals straight into your blood stream and you must as such handle them with a lot of care. Safe waterproofing also concerns taking care of your eyes by using goggles or protective glasses more so when you will be working with liquids.