Health & Safety Measures

Good housekeeping practice and sensible working can assure total safety. The following factors have to be considered when applying paints/coating:

  • Danger to health
  • Danger of fire and Explosion.
  • Danger To Health
  • Hazard to health .
  • Contact with skin and eyes,
  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion

The following precautionary measures to be taken for preserving health .

 

1. Use eye protection and mask during the manual surface preparation. When sand blasting, the use of air fed mask is advised.
2. For paint application in confined areas, ensure proper ventilation to exhaust the solvent fumes. If ventilation is not possible, use air fed mask. Do not cover the mouth with common clothes or rags soaked with paints, and are not at all good as air filters.
3. Do not exhaust the solvent fumes which will effect other working areas.
4. Wear working clothes covering the entire body . Also use gloves and eye shields. Clean eye shields frequently to remove the paint mist. Do not touch eyes, mouth, nose, etc. with gloves.
5. Rings, watch, etc. should be removed before starting application as to avoid prolonged skin contact.
6. If thinner or paint has scattred in the eyes, wash them abundantly with clean fresh water for at least 15 minutes and treatment immediately.
7. In the event of paint spillage on skin, if necessary remove it by lightly swabbing it with a solvant soaked rag, wash it with soap and water or any suitable industrial cleaner.
8. Wash hands and rinse the mouth with fresh water immediately after painting application.
9. If available and possible, it recommend to applay suitable non greasy barrier cream should be applied on the skin, wherever it is exposed.
10. If the clothes are soaked with paint or thinner, change them immediately and wash with soap and water.

 

The best ways of preserving health poisoning:

  • Provide good ventilation in confined areas.
  • While  applying the paint in confined areas ,the painter  should wear proper, personal protective equipments say, Air-Fed Mask , Safety Glasses, etc.
  • Give  Protection for face, neck and wrists from over spray. Use a suitable barrier cream and/ or disposable gloves.
  • Remove skin contaminants with resin removing cream. Wash throughly with soap and water.
RISK OF FIRE AND EXPLOSION
Conditions conducive for breaking out of fire are :

  • Presence of explosive matter
  • Presence of oxygen
  • Presence of heat

Paints generally contain flammable solvents, oxygen is always present in the working atmosphere and air.  The only factor not present naturally is heat.   Thus heat is the only factor which can be controlled if fire and explosion are to be averted.

 

Sufficient heat to start a fire can be given out by a spark.     Presence of naked flames, electrical appliance etc.  in the painting area can be prohibited, controlled and even discounted spark, then is the most dangerous factor, sparks are generated when :

 

When working in closed and confined areas, proper ventilation, must be maintained to exhaust the solvent vapours.   A mixture of solvents and air will ignite in presence of flame, spark or heat,  Thus the area should be adequately ventilated to avoid build up of solvent concentration which can result into fire or explosion.

 

Rags. etc. soaked with solvent should not be left lying around, or in the pockets of working cloths.   They should be discarded suitably.    Accumulation of paint soaked rags in a heap can build up heat within the pile resulting in self ignition.

 

Painting may leave behind residues which are inflammable in nature.   If allowed to accumulate, the chance of fire increase many folds. The use of or steel scrappers for removal of these deposits should be discouraged.   Use of iron or steel scrappers in itself can result into sparks, thereby defeating the whole process of removal of the residues.


 The best way to prevent of fire:

  • Keep empty cans and drums closed.
  • When working in closed areas, without proper ventilation, draw off the air along the flood periodically as the solvent are heavier than air and thus they settle down.
  • Rags, etc. socked with paints, solvents, etc. should be disposed off suitably.
  • Protect the presence of heat source in the working area.
  • Ban smoking in working area.s
  • Ground /earth all the containers, platforms, pipes, house, etc.
  • Use Flame-proof equipment only and maintain efficient earthing, No  smoking. naked lights or other sources of sparks/ignition should  be allowed.
  • Store and use in accordance with Petroleum Regulations.
In the event of a fire involving paints:

  • DO NOT TRY TO EXTINGUSH THIS FIRE WITH WATER.
  • USE DRY CHEMICAL, FORM OR CO2 EXTINGUISHERS.
  • USE BREATHING APPARATUS IN THIS SITUATION.

Disclaimer

The recommendations given are on the basis of technical data available and from our field experience. The user is requested to verify and ascertain the same before applications. Our technical advise-whether verbal or in writing is given in good faith out without any warranty or liability on our part for the same. It does not release you from the obligation to ascertain the s

 

uitability of the method/procedure before implementing the same. We accept no liability from the resulting loss or damages, if any , arising out of following the guidelines given here. Local regulations and procedures , as directed by the concerned authorities and tendering authorities must be followed. 

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