Before starting any painting job, read first the label on the can. Every label contains safety symbols and precuationary text. The possible risks for health and personal safety are described together with measurments you have to take to ensure safe working conditions.
General rules for safety and health
- Open cans with care.
- Mix base and hardener of two component products carefully, unsaturated polyester materials and epoxies without solvents may react rapidly increasing the temperature of the mixture.
- Remove spilled paint immediately.
- Do not eat or eat inthe neighbourhood of paint or curing paint files. Do not store food and drinks in the working area.
- Do not smoke.
- Use suitable protective gloves when working with paint, thinners and degreasers.
- Always use safety goggles.
- Ventilate the working area, arrange proper exhaust of fumes or use a suitable mask.
- Always read the instructions for use on the label of the can or consult the technical literature before mixing and applying the material.
The following symbols on the label will give important information for safe use. Please read the health and safety instructions carefully:
This paint contains components which may be corrosive to the eyes and/or skin.
This paint contains components with an aspiration hazard or components which may cause respiratory irritation or other dangerous effects.
This paint may contain components which may be irritating to the eys and/or skin.
This paint contains solvents. Open fire, sparks or a lighted cigaret may cause fire.
Dangerous to the environment
This paint contains components which may be harmful for aquatic life and may cause long lasting harmful effects to aquatic life.
Avoid swallowing paint. Do not eat or drink and do not store food and drinks in the working area. In case of accidentally swalling paints, please seak medical attention immediately. The patient should remain calm and should not induced to vomit.
Do not breathe fumes. You may avoid breathing of solvents, harmful dust and fumes using proper ventialtion or extraction fans. When ventilation is not sufficient, adequate breathing equiment should be used. In ill-ventilated areas a fresh air mask is advised. Fumes of solvents are heavier than air and will push normal air upwards. When you breathe fumes you may become dizzy and desorientated and might get headaches. Read documentation carefully to ensure proper personal protection is used. Spray application will give additional risks of exposure to fumes and solvents. Do not inhale spray mist.
Avoid contact with eyes. We recommend the use of sagety goggles during application. Protective goggles are widely available.and worth the investment. When accidentally paint enters the eyes, remove contact lenses and rinse with clean fresh water for at least 15 minutes and seak medical assistance immediately.
Avoid contact with the skin. When in contact with paints the skin might get irritated. Use always suitable protective gloves.Use clothing which protects body, arms and legs. Us a protective barrier cream for hands, beofre and after work. This will keep the skin in good condition and might prevent skinproblems. Additionally, the barrier cream facilitates cleaning of the skin. Remove paintsplatter immediately with a clean cloth and rinse with plenty water and soap. Never use solvent or thinner to clean your skin.
Risk of fire and explosion
Some paints and coatings contain solvents. Some of the solvents evaporate when the can is opened. A few simple precautions will reduce the risks of fire and explosion to a minimum:
- Prevent open fire in areas where paint is stored or applied.
- Do not smoke in the workarea.
- Store paints ina well ventilated, dool and dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Keep the lid well closed during storage.
- Avoid sparks using manual tools, when using the on- or off switch of electrical equipment or by faulty electric wiring.
- Do not leave cloths and rags soaked in paint on the workarea, including the pockets of overalls and other clothing.
Paint and environment
Dispose of empty paint cans according to local regulations. De not throw cans or brushes in the environment. Empty cans with not fully cured oaint should be disposed as hazardous waste. Used brushes, rollers and roller trays should be as hazardous waste. Left overs of solvents, thinners, paints and other materilas should be disposed as hazardous waste.
The safety datasheets of each product is available under the headings Download or Product Overview.