If you work in painting and decorating or home renovation, you may run the risk of work-related illnesses caused by inhaling paint fumes.
What happens when you inhale paint fumes?
Inhaling paint fumes can cause damage to your health. Although an isolated incident is unlikely to cause long-term harm, repeated exposure carries a high risk of complications.
Some of the chemicals used in paint are toxic and your job may soon take its toll on your lungs and other major organs. Here are some of the potential side-effects of inhaling paint fumes:
- feeling dizzy or light headed
- tiredness and lethargy
- changes in your vision, for example, double or blurred vision
- itchy, irritated eyes
- sore throat
In the long term, exposure to paint fumes can result in kidney or liver damage, respiratory illnesses, asthma and an increased risk of some types of cancer.
How to prevent health problems at work
If your job involves painting and decorating, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of work-related illnesses and occupational injuries.
Ensure the space is well ventilated and wear a protective mask. Most experts recommend that pregnant women do not come into contact with harmful substances; if you are expecting, tell your employer.
Take regular breaks and try to ensure that you use products which have low VOC content. VOC stands for volatile organic compound; these are the harmful substances which float into the air when paint starts to dry.
If you have concerns about your health and safety, talk to your boss. Your employer should follow guidelines to protect employers from work-related illness and accidents in the workplace.
Can I make a claim for a work accident?
Anyone who has been injured at work through no fault of their own has the right to file a work accident compensation claim.
If you have been injured at work in the last three years and you have proof that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to go through the details of your case with a friendly advisor.
We have over 15 years’ experience in helping consumers to secure the compensation they deserve. Our experienced personal injury lawyers work on a no win no fee basis and most of our clients never have to set foot in court.
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