Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have used pigments and paints as a means of communicating, marking and decorating things. From cave people using the coloured pigments of berries to cover walls and rocks, to the modern industrial painting factories today, it is one of the most useful and widely utilised supplies.
With applications spanning a vast range of industries, from fine art and graffiti to interior design and automobiles, there is no denying the many incredible uses of paint.
However, as techniques advance and pressurised solvent-based paints dominate the vehicle painting market, it is important that they are used properly in order to ensure the safety of the operator.
Here is Haltec’s guide to the dangers of paint fumes.
When it comes to painting indoors, it is vital that protective equipment such as goggles, gloves and masks are worn as the fumes pose numerous risks to the user.
If fumes are inhaled, the short-term hazards include dizziness and nausea. AIn addition, individuals may experience irritation to the eyes, ears and nose or throat.
What’s more, although these issues may seem temporary and pass after a little while, prolonged exposure to paint fumes can have serious long-term health effects. These can even be life-threatening, leading to diseases such as cancer and other serious respiratory issues.
Moreover, as well as the potential harm that paint fumes can cause your body when inhaled or ingested, they also pose a risk due to their flammable properties. If the correct health and safety precautions are not in place, paint fumes can easily ignite and cause a fire.
To avoid this, it is crucial that there are no sources of ignition within the vicinity of the paint when it is being sprayed.
The surest way to guarantee the safe use of paints is to work in the correct environment, complete with sufficient ventilation. Investing in the installation of a car spray booth provides you and your team with a safe and efficient environment to conduct paintwork.
Spray booth extraction ensures that chemical fumes are removed from the air, minimising the risk of harm to individuals working within the space. What’s more, the use of a premium airstream spray booth, dust and dirt is also extracted from the area, guaranteeing a crisper finish, free from contamination.
If you are looking for a means of ensuring the safety of your team while painting, look no further than Haltec. We offer a range of bespoke, top-of-the-range spray booths and repair bays for commercial and industrial clients.
To discuss your requirements with a member of our friendly team, get in touch with us today.
Call us on 01543 673 408 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.