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Spray painting can be very satisfying and rewarding when you look proudly at your beautifully newly decorated room or freshly painted furniture, gleaming car, smart garden fencing or anything you have worked on to give it a fresh new look and good protection. For many people spray painting is their work and every day they are spray painting everything from boats, trains and aircraft to factories, shops and houses – inside and out! The most important thing before you tackle any spray painting job – big or small – is to ensure that yours will be safe and healthy spray painting.
Whilst the enthusiasm for spray painting can be overwhelming – especially if it is not something you often do, it is well worth taking a few moments to read this article and to be guided by it so that you can enjoy safe and healthy spray painting as there are risks associated with it and these need to be minimized if not eliminated otherwise you put your health at risk and your painting job will turn out to be far from the fun and pleasurable task that you thought it would be.
The main and very point to remember is that you will be handling hazardous chemicals. Hazardous chemicals are not only found in the paint that you will be using but also in acrylic lacquers, enamels, solvents, paint removers and strippers and in adhesives. If these substances are not used safely to minimize risks there are health hazards both short term and long term – particularly if this is your work and you are spray painting regularly. Long-term health risks include kidney problems and lung cancer so it is well worth ensuring that that you take all the preventative measures that you can to minimize the risks.
It is essential to always keep dust to a minimum in the work place as it can contain crystalline silica which can lead to lung cancer.
These two pack systems are excellent as they give a hard resistant finish, but they do need careful use as the chemicals they contain causes asthma in a significant number of people exposed to them. The varnish has the added hazard of being inflammable. The most important consideration though is personal protection as both products are harmful when inhaled and can be an irritant to eyes and skin.
Spray painting booths.
Careful consideration musty be given to their LPG gas cylinders or fuel tanks and these need to be removed before the vehicle is put in a spray booth or bake oven. If the car is being put in a bake oven, it is essential that the temperature used is low enough so that it is not possible for fuel vapor to be released into the bake oven.
Any air being recycled must be diluted with plenty of fresh air to prevent a build-up of explosive gas.
Vehicle hoists, jacks and frame straighteners.
These must only be used by people who know how to use them and what safety guidelines to implement as otherwise, they can cause serious injury.
Whether you rarely work at height or it is a regular occurrence, it is essential to take extra care as one mistake can lead to tragedy…..injury or death.People regularly die from accidents involving height so whether you are the employer or employee it is essential that you think about the risks involved, use the right protective equipment and most importantly, get the right training and work procedures in place…
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