Hazards in the preparation for painting
These mixtures often contain phosphoric acid. Because of this, the following hazards exist:
Common sense should be used when spraying paint:
What about first aid?
What if there is a fire?
When paints, inks and other chemicals burn they decompose. Any nitrogen containing material can evolve cyanide gas when it burns. This includes materials that contain epoxy hardener, polyamide, melamine, polyurea, polyurethane and even natural materials such as wool. Carbon monoxide will be evolved in large amounts from any burning material.
In a fire, cans and drums of material nearby can heat up, building up pressure inside. There is a real risk of these containers exploding.
What happens to drums and cans when they are empty?
Even when empty there will be some material around the inside walls of the drum. Depending of the type of chemical it could be dangerous to put water or waste solvents in the drum. Some materials react with water and this could cause a pressure build up in the drum or even an explosion.
There are a number of tests available that will show if someone is
being overexposed to certain hazards. Checks should be done on:
Container labels and Material Safety Data Sheets have information about the possible hazards of the chemicals being used. They advise how the product should be used safely and what to do in the event of an emergency.
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