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Healthy Workplaces - Employees - Auto Body and Paint Shops

Auto body and paint shop employees risk exposure to chemical and physical hazards everyday. Tasks including sanding, painting and metal fabrication all come with serious long-term and immediate dangers.

Hazards in Auto Body and Paint Shops
    • Sanding and finishing can expose workers to silica, which can cause lung cancer.
    • Solvents, paints and other products can contain chemicals that are linked to cancer.
    • Silicosis - Exposure to silica dust can lead to permanent lung damage
    • Asthma - Isocyanates, ingredients in paints and spray-on protective coatings (i.e. bedliners) are a leading cause of occupational asthma.
    • Exposure to automotive exhaust, particularly in enclosed spaces, can cause short and long term health problems.
    • Working around vehicles increases the risk of physical injury, including struck-by and crushing injuries.

Preventing Exposures and Lowering Your Risk

    • Review the MSDS Sheets for the chemicals and products you work with.
    • Do not accept shipments of new chemicals unless MSDS's are provided.
    • Know the proper procedures for the equipment and materials you use and follow them!
    • Inspect your work area and equipment regularly. Report unsafe conditions immediately.
    • Make sure ventilation equipment is on and working properly before beginning painting or finishing.
    • Route exhaust from running vehicles outdoors.
    • Wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for each activity.
    • Consider vacuum systems and using poe sanding as an alternative to hand sanding.

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Healthy Workplaces - Employees - Auto Body and Paint Shops

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