Health & Safety

Most paints contain inflammable solvents & some contain materials which can herm the skin, or affect the health if inhaled. Two major classes of risk namely, Health risk & fire explosion risk are primarily involved. They must be controlled & necessary precautions should be taken to reduce the risk to acceptable levels.

Danger to Health

Hazards to health comprise of

  • Contact with skin and eyes
  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion


  • All paint drums must be labeled, sealed & stored properly when not in use. Painting areas must be adequately ventilated.
  • Wear goggles & proper respiration masks when mixing paints, spray painting.
  • Wear working clothes covering the body to the maximum possible extent. Also use gloves & eye shields.

The best ways of preserving Health poisoning

  • Operators applying the paint in confined areas should wear proper personal protective equipments like Air Fed masks, Safety glasses etc.
  • Ensure good ventilation in confined areas.

Fire & Explosion Risk

Fire & explosion risk can arise from the following

  • Fire risk during storage or transport
  • Explosion hazard during application

Most paints & solvents are highly inflammable & extremely dangerous when exposed to open flames, sparks or high temperature.

The best way to prevent the chances of fire is:

  • Use flame proof equipment only and maintain efficient earthing.
  • Store & use in accordance with petroleum regulation.
  • Install appropriate type of fire extinguisher at storage & working areas.