It’s essential that great care is taken to avoid injury when using spray paint. Spray paint can be incredibly dangerous if it is not used correctly, and spray paint aerosols fall under the highest hazard category for aerosols in general. Let’s take a look at some of the main precautions you should take when using spray paint.
Keep yourself safe whilst using spray paint
- Keep aerosols away from heat sources. Radiators, stoves and electric tools can cause aerosols to ignite. Even small sparks like those from cigarettes can lead to ignition.
- Use respiratory aids. These aids can prevent you from inhaling dangerous fumes when using aerosols
- Keep the area well ventilated. You can do this by working outside, opening windows, using air vents and fan systems.
- Take care after using aerosols. Worktops and clothing can still carry chemicals even after you’ve finished using spray paint.
- Don’t use damaged cans. These could leak, and compression can lead to dangerous levels of pressure.
- Protect surfaces that you don’t want to be marked. Cover the surface underneath the area that is being painted, especially if you’re spraying onto thin, porous material.
- Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and eyewear. Wash paint off straight away if it does come into contact with your skin or eyes.
- Spray in short bursts rather than using aerosols for long periods of time.
Spray paints contain VOCs or volatile organic compounds. These are toxic substances that can cause a great deal of harm. The most common injuries caused by spray paint are aerosol burns and eye injuries, though long-term medical problems can include some cancers, kidney and liver damage, central nervous system damage and asthma.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help if you have come to harm when using spray paint and it wasn’t your fault. Perhaps your accident happened at work and you weren’t given the right level of training or were handed defective equipment to work with? Maybe you have suffered from an industrial illness that has taken many years to develop? We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and you don’t need any money to begin a claim. We have vast experience when it comes to helping people claim for aerosol-related injuries and illnesses, so why not call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) today to find out more? Alternatively, why not take our 30-second online test?
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice