Spraying paint puts harmful chemicals into the air.
Autobody shop workers are exposed to many health hazards in the workplace. One of these hazards is the contaminants released into the air you breathe while working, especially spraying paint. Many products used in body shops, such as paints and thinners, contain harmful chemicals. Some tasks, such as grinding or sanding, produce large amounts of dust containing heavy metals like lead and cadmium. To stay healthy you must avoid or limit your exposure to these materials.
- What are the hazardous exposures in body shops?
- How do I know what is in the products I am using?
- How do I protect myself from these hazards? And how do I know what personal protective equipment and clothing I should wear?
- What can I do to protect my family from shop contaminants?
- How will I know if the chemicals are affecting me? What should I do in case of an emergency? And where can I find more information?