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Exposure to toxic paint vapours

Using a spray booth incorrectly, like the one above, can lead to long term ill-health issues like asthma.

Using a spray booth incorrectly, like the one above, can lead to long term ill-health issues like asthma.

Exposure to isocyanates, which is a component of some paints, can cause long-term and sometimes life-threatening illness. That’s why motor-vehicle repair workshops and garages should have strict controls in place. Spray mist containing isocyanate can cause asthma or aggravate existing conditions even with very low exposure and contact with the skin with isocyanate hardeners sprayers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the rest of the UK working population. Currently there are about 40 to 50 new cases of asthma each year due to isocyanates, mainly in the motor vehicle repair industry and most have to leave the industry. The solution is pretty straightforward – good extraction and suitable masks to help prevent the mist being inhaled.

Updated: 2013-02-11