Do I need CoSHH assessments for paints?
A Control of Substances Harmful to Health (CoSHH) assessment identifies the risks posed by hazardous substances in the workplace and puts in place measures to mitigate them. For more in-depth coverage of CoSHH assessments, please read our blog titled ‘Is a CoSHH Risk Assessment Just For Nasty Chemicals?’.
Although paints don’t immediately appear to be dangerous, some can give off vapours and fumes which can be damaging to your health if inhaled. This is especially relevant to trades that use paints on a daily basis, such as painters and decorators as repeated exposure to paint vapours or exposure for an extended period of time significantly increases the chance of health problems.
Another area where health hazards from paint are particularly prevalent is in industries where paint is applied as a spray, such as at a car bodyshop. Paint that is atomised into a fine spray can be easily inhaled, causing health problems.
To minimise the risks of using paint on a regular basis, your first port of call should be to check the safety data sheet that manufacturers and distributors must provide, which are usually found online.
The best way to avoid the health risks of using paint on a regular basis is to use a respirator that covers both the mouth and nose. This will stop any vapours or mist from entering the respiratory system, making it safe to regularly use paints.
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