you are working in the paint mixing room, exposure to potentially
harmful chemicals can occur when you are pouring and mixing the paint
products, or from spills, and fumes can be emitted causing air pollution.
or other chemicals in paint products, isocyanates in hardeners,
and chemicals in body filler, can all have a harmful effect on your
health and safety. For example, while pouring paint you might breath
solvent fumes, or you might get chemicals on your skin or in your
eyes if the material is splashed or spilled.
equipment (PPE) protects you from hazards. Everyone must wear PPE
when required by provincial regulations or your employer's safety
rules. PPE refers to safety glasses, goggles or face shields, masks,
respirators, hearing protection, steel-toed boots and non-slip footwear,
solvent resistant gloves, aprons, hard hats or bump caps, coveralls
or any other special clothing.
Some of the
best sources of information on hazards and proper personal protective
for the paint mixing room are (1) the supplier MSDS, (2) supplier
technical bulletins, (3) training courses, or (4) the labels on
product containers. A list of all appropriate PPE required should
be posted in the paint mixing room, and employers must ensure this
equipment is used.
Here are some
good safety tips from AIA Canada:
* Make sure
you know how to use your personal protective equipment correctly
- if you are not sure, ask your supervisor.
* Make certain that the PPE used is specified correctly for the
* Wear hearing protection such as earplugs or muffs when using air
* Wear eye protection such as safety glasses, goggles or face shields
when handling flammable or corrosive materials.
* Wear steel-toed slip-resistant shoes when in the shop.
* Make sure that your mask or respirator is the proper one for the
job you are doing and in good condition.
* All defective personal protective equipment must be reported immediately.
* Keep the personal protective equipment you use clean, well maintained
and stored properly.
Did you Know?
are responsible for identifying the hazards in the workplace, including
the paint mixing room; putting up signs where personal protective
equipment is to be worn and making sure employees always use the
* Employers must make sure that the employees are trained in how
to use the right equipment, materials and personal protective equipment
for the job.
* Employers are responsible for making sure all personal protective
equipment is in good working condition.
of AIA Canada)
Industries Association of Canada (AIA) provides more information
on personal protective equipment in a poster and pamphlet called
'The Top Ten Steps
to a safer more profitable shop". It
is available directly from the AIA, http://www.aiacanada.com/downloads/topten.pdf
or through your paint supplier or jobber.
information available from the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health
and Safety (CCOHS) in Hamilton, Ontario will provide additional
information on the use of personal protective equipment in collision
Occupational Health and Safety website can provide useful information.