Injuries caused by using spray paint can have serious consequences for your health. Spray paints are used in numerous working environments. This means they can lead to accidents at work and industrial illnesses if the proper safety precautions aren’t in place.
Where am I likely to suffer injuries caused by using spray paint?
As mentioned, spray paints are used in a range of different work environments. The most common include:
- Spraying motor vehicles
- Painting the internal and external areas of buildings
- Boats and ships painting
- Painting furniture and white goods
But what is it that makes spray paints so dangerous? Quite simply, it’s the ingredients. Spray paints are made up of a variety of hazardous chemicals. These can cause serious injury if the proper health and safety procedures are either not put in place or not followed correctly.
The most well-known toxic substances to be aware of in spray paints are volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs.
Injuries caused by using spray paint
- Aerosol burns: If you accidentally spray from the aerosol onto your skin, the sudden change in temperature from the pressurised gas can leave you with painful frostbite on the affected area.
- Eye injuries: Accidentally getting spray paint in your eyes can causes serious, irreparable damage and even leave you blind. This is exactly why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety goggles must be worn.
Long term health problems
The long-term effects of regular exposure to VOCs in paint fumes include the following life-altering, serious conditions:
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Some types of cancer
If you were made to regularly work with spray paints and were not given the proper protection, you may be due industrial illness compensation.
Making a claim
Unlike other accidents at work, industrial illness claims are not subject to the same three-year window from the accident happening to the claims process beginning. This is because the health complications arising from industrial ill-health can take much longer to appear. If you think you have a case for industrial illness compensation, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. What’s more, we are usually able to settle your case outside of court. Call our expert advisors for an introductory, no-obligation chat to get your claims process started. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.