Painter Health and Safety Hazards
Health and safety hazards for painters include:
- Exposure to paint products, solvents, lead, and other toxic chemicals.
- Toxic effects to multiple organ systems, including neuropathy and cardiac/kidney injury.
- Lung cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and others cancers.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies painting as a carcinogenic occupation.
- Exposure to toxic molds, fungi and bacteria with resultant risks of infectious disease.
- Flammability hazards from paints and solvents.
- Working at heights and on ladders, platforms and scaffolds, with attendant risks of falls.
- Working in confined spaces.
- Risks of eye injury.
- Slips, trips and falls, and risk of injury from falling objects.
- Working in awkward positions or performing repetitive physical tasks.
- Standing for long periods of time.
- Lifting heavy or awkward objects.
- Exposure to heat and ultraviolet radiation from work outdoors.
- Exposure to noise with risk of resultant hearing loss and impairment.
- Stress and increased risk of injury and disease from shift work or extended work days.