Car Painting PPE Equipment11 Apr 2020 - Flaaim
If you are a painter either professional or a DIY one, you should understand that painting like any other handiwork comes with a number of health risks. It may not look like it because it involves basic items such as buckets, brushes, ladders and several others and you may not realize how a risk may come about from these items.
Painting seems like a risk-free task but the truth is that it can cause serious harm to your body and of others if the right protective clothing and safety precautions are not taken into account. The major risk comes from the paint itself. Paint is made from chemicals that are harmful to human beings and in the event that it touches a person’s skin or eyes there is severe irritation that can cause damage. Also, the paint fumes can cause respiratory issues and headaches to the painter and anyone else in the vicinity who is exposed to the paint.
Further, the products that are used alongside painting such as thinners and primers are highly flammable in their nature. If they spill over, they can cause a fire that can burn people working there and the car is painted. Lastly, the exterior painting of a car requires the painter to use a ladder to enable reaching the very top of the car. Scaling such a height is a hazard because it can break or have some instability that can cause the painter to fall from the top and sustain injuries.
PPE Equipment for painting car
To ensure maximum safety for you and your team you need to get the right personal protective equipment
You should wear leather or cloth gloves for sanding and handling all the materials using your hands. They will protect your hands from handling any corrosive and harmful products. They should impermeable meaning that they cannot allow any water or liquid to pass through to your skin.
When painting your car, make sure you wear protective glasses for your eyes, eye goggles or create a shield that prevents you from looking at thinners and paint directly with your naked eye. This is important because no liquid can pour on your eyes when you are painting locations above your head.
3. Paint Masks
During sanding which is an important stage when painting your car, you may inhale the chippings from the previous paint which can be harmful to your health. Therefore, you should wear a respiratory mask that will prevent you from breathing any of these harmful materials. You should use a similar mask when you start the spray painting works.
4. Coveralls and shoe covers:
To prevent paint damaging your clothes and shoes, you should put on coveralls and shoe covers. They will also prevent the paint from touching your skin directly as it may cause irritation after contact.
5. Fire Extinguisher
As noted earlier, some components of paint mixers such as primers and thinners are highly flammable. For this reason, you should have a fire extinguisher as a safety precaution in case of a fire. The fire extinguisher will enable you to clear off the fire immediately before it spreads and causes any damage.