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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.