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The danger of spray paint fumes


If you work in painting or decorating, there are lots of potential hazards you should avoid. One of these is spray paint fumes. If you inhale spray paint fumes, you should seek medical assistance.

The last thing you want when you head to work in the morning is to end up in hospital with injuries caused by accidents at work. It’’s essential for employers to do their bit to protect workers and employees to have awareness of dangers in the workplace.


What are the dangers of inhaling spray paint fumes?

If you inhale spray paint fumes, you may find that you feel unwell. Depending on the quantity you inhale and the type of paint, symptoms may include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness and feeling light-headed
  • irritation of the eyes
  • sore throat
  • coughing

In most cases, you won’’t require medical treatment after inhaling spray paint fumes. However, in cases where you inhale a large quantity of fumes or you are exposed to fumes over a prolonged period of time, it may be advisable to seek medical advice.

You should see a doctor urgently if you develop breathing difficulties or you start to feel very faint.


Safety considerations when working around spray paint fumes

Many jobs carry health risks. In order to reduce the risk of work-related injuries and illnesses, employers must adhere to health and safety guidelines. If you’’re working with potentially hazardous chemicals, such as spray paint, it’s essential to use the relevant personal protective equipment.

Use a mask when you’re painting and always ensure that the area is well ventilated. Take regular breaks and stay hydrated.


I’’ve been injured at work. Can I make a compensation claim?

If you’’ve been injured at work and you sustained injuries through no fault of your own, you have the right to file a compensation claim.

In order for a work accident claim to be successful, the incident must have occurred within the last three years and there must be a clear case of negligence on the part of your employer. You may be granted a work injury payout if you’’ve been given faulty protective equipment, for example.

If you think you have a claim for work accident compensation, let the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline do all the hard work for you. Call today on 0800 689 5659, or visit our website to take the 30-second test™.