Berger ensures that when their paints are formulated they take into consideration the safety and comfort of the end user. However, there are always hazards and dangers involved in the applications and handling of any paints (even the simple DIY gloss and emulsion paints you may use at home).
Ingestion, excessive inhalation or prolonged skin contact with coatings, or thinners can be detrimental to anyone’s health.
There are simple precautions to be observed when applying surface coatings. Application by spray methods is considered to be the most hazardous since small droplets of paint and solvents are expelled into the air. Some of these particles can be breathed in. It is essential, therefore, that the spray operator be provided with suitable protective clothing and an efficient spray mask. One should consider:
Spray area and extraction equipment.
The type of product being sprayed.
Whether the application is in a confined space or where extraction equipment cannot be provided within the application area.
When mixing two-pack materials and when applying all paints, the following should be observed:
Workers should be provided with adequate ventilation during application of coatings, protective clothing and suitable barrier cream to prevent prolonged contact with skin.
They should avoid breathing in spray dust and should not allow paint contact with the eyes and face. They should also be made aware that all paints should not be taken internally, and after being in contact with paints, they should wash thoroughly to remove paint from the skin before eating or using the toilet.
Operations such as burning, cutting or welding through paint films may give off noxious fumes and should only be carried out in conditions of good ventilation.
Paint should always be kept out of reach of young children.
In cases of spills or leaks, all possible sources of flames or sparks must be removed, prolonged breathing of the vapours avoided and the material cleaned up with absorbent material and removed to a safe place.
Move into fresh air, loosen collar and allow patient to rest.
2. Splashes to eyes
Wash with large amount of clean water.
3. Splashes to skin
Remove contaminated clothing. Wash with soap and water or a suitable industrial cleaner.
Do not induce vomiting. If patient vomits turn over on to face. Get medical aid.
5. If in doubt or if irritation persists, call a doctor.