The Hidden Hazards of DIY


DIY can be hugely rewarding when it goes right. On the other hand, it can be damn right frustrating when things go wrong. It can carry a fair amount of risk with it; using power tools and sharp instruments carries an inherent risk with it. But there are some hidden hazards involved with a number of simple tasks.

A new study by Slater and Gordon has found that a large percentage of people are unaware of the risks involved with many home improvement tasks.  They have produced a really useful infographic with some great information about how to avoid the potential risks.

When working with wood, for example cutting or sanding, sawdust released into the atmosphere can have serious implications on your respiratory health. MDF is particularly bad as it uses urea formaldehyde as a bonding agent. Formaldehyde is a well known carcinogen, so when working with it, a mask should always be worn.

Asbestos is another harmful substance which can commonly be found in older homes. Used in roofs and walls during the 60s and 70s, this harmful substance is also linked to cancer. When undisturbed, asbestos isn’t actually harmful. But when disturbed, the fibres released can cause an aggressive form of cancer, mesothelioma.

The infographic below includes the facts and stats from the study and tips on how to safely carry out common DIY tasks.

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