This page tells you about the risk to construction workers from painting.
Painting involves a number of different tasks such as sanding, filling, painting or spraying. This can expose you to a number of substances including:
How significant the exposure is will depend upon what you are doing, how you are doing it and where you are working.
HSE commissioned research identified painters and decorators as a significant ‘at risk’ group within the construction industry. Approximately 250 people from this group of workers are thought to have died in 2005 from cancer of the:
It is important to note that this estimate is based on past exposures up to 50 years ago. Paint technology has changed significantly during that period - eg with the removal of lead pigments and a reduction in solvents levels. However, risks remain that you need to control.