Last Updated: March 14, 2019
You will be glad to hear that paint spraying really is not dangerous work. However, there are hazards, and if you allow the presumed safety of this task to lure you into a false sense of security, you may run into problems.
Today we aim to help you protect yourself against the hazards of painting. Read on for a guide on how to stay safe as you paint.
Finding a ventilated space to paint in is one of the most important precautions that you can take. Keep in mind that the fumes that paints produce aren’t exactly good for you. Many people find them disorienting and even nausea inducing, so be sure that the space you are breathing in has plenty of fresh air.
Ventilating a space can be as simple as keeping the doors and windows open.
In terms of practicality, you are going to want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. However, wearing an old shirt is not what we mean when we advise that you dress for the occasion.
To stay safe, you are going to want to make sure that you wear good protective eyewear.
You will also want to wear a painting mask, gloves, and something that covers your arms and legs.
While paint exposure to skin is not the end of the world, it can lead to rashes and irritation. That in mind, it is best avoided when possible.
Wet paint and heat don’t go so well together. Avoid painting on surfaces that may be prone to sparks, or heat exposure. Lightbulbs, chords that are in any way damaged, and other volatile materials should not be introduced to paint.
Smokers are also going to need to avoid sparking up in the room that they are painting.
The cigarette smoke will certainly be detrimental to the ventilation of the office, and the sparks and flame can lead to a fire.
And that is pretty much it! Staying safe when you paint isn’t extremely difficult, but it’s definitely important.
Like we said, painting really is not very dangerous. In fact, many of these recommendations were probably self-apparent. Still, it’s easy to forget a step, or just decide to throw caution to the wind for a quick task.
While you can’t always help a lapse in memory, you can resist the urge to paint in a way that is reckless. The good news is that the precautions really are not hard to follow.
Dress right, keep your space ventilated, and keep the paint away from heat. Pretty straightforward, right? But by following these simple steps you can enjoy a paint session that is simple and safe!
David Janus is the founder and CEO of Paint Sprayer Magazine. He has over two decades of experience in the spray paint industry and still enjoys writing about new products and technologies.
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