I have been to classes on protectors. One instructor told a story about him and his wife spending three days in hospital after applying protector to a lot of furniture. He said they breathed in some of it and it could have been prevented with a simple dust mask. I normally wear these. Although I don't seem to have a problem when I don't . Last night I was spraying protector in 10 cinema theater. Lots of steps. I didn't have on dust mask. I got two done when lungs begin hurting;I started coughing, chills,threw up a little, legs , feet and joints where hurting as well. Could not hardly walk or bend over.One of my guys car broke down and he didn't make it in and I had one guy with me. I had to lay down in truck and let him work alone for a couple of hours. I think the aches might have been from not getting enough oxygen. I didn't go to hospital. I am kinda stubborn when it come to that. I am feeling somewhat better today, still coughing a little. Got to go back tonight and finish. I bet I never apply protector again with out mask. It may never happen to you and I hope it doesn't. But please take precautions so you can be sure it doesn't. It's not thing you want to experience. Dan
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2006 13:20:45 GMT -5 by logan5127
i don't know what to say, dan. i'm sure you learned an important lesson. hopefully it won't affect you in 10 years if you know what i am saying. use you repirator when you are working w/ harsh chemicals. i hope you feel better.
Great post Gentleman, you know what worries me is all the new chemicals that are released daily or within the last couple of years. It always makes me wonder what is the long term affect of cleaning chemicals on the body. It seems like too fast, to soon. I wonder if there is a scientist out there that has studied a janitor or cleaning person who has performed cleaning on a daily basis for 50-60 years and really went in depth of the study to determine what health risks are involved. I guess you can add this up to another reason, or MOTIVATION to pursue green cleaning. A dumb rule of thumb for chemicals that I have is.... if it is hurting your body while you use it now, its probaly doing damage that you are unaware of further into your body. Dan Im glad you OK, learned your lesson I hope, secondly I do not agree with going to the van to lay down, you should have seeked medical attention. [glow=red,2,300]What was that last survey regarding pride :[/glow] More men die of simple heart attacks where medical attention can save their life, because they are to embarrassed to call an ambulance or seek medical attention. Don`t become a statistic, seek help when you need it.
Lesson learned. Thanks rclllc,kevin for concern. Sometimes even a professional can be ignorant or stupid. I think i have been a little of both. I'm sure a lot of cleaning people have done things out of convenience that where not the right choice. If you are one perhaps we will see you posting a similar post or maybe in the news section with your name and time of death. I know there is always more to learn. Especially in the chemicals dept.Be very careful with homemade solutions. Mixing chemicals can be very, very dangerous as well. Even store bought things some times, for example look at (viiox). These where made by experts. Yes , I know starting this post shows that I did everything wrong but if it helps one person out then I don't mind admitting what a stupid thing I did by applying without a mask and not seeking medical attention when I did.I believe that it is good to let all the new people starting to realize that If a veteran in the business can mess up then all the more careful they will be. I really feel good today but on the other side , I could have just as easily not felt anything today , If you know what I mean.
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2006 10:53:25 GMT -5 by logan5127