The construction and maintenance of vessels often involves spray painting,
which can pose serious hazards to workers. The primary dangers include fires
and explosions from flammable paints and coatings, as well as exposures to
chemical hazards and toxic substances. The work is frequently conducted in
confined spaces that, if not properly ventilated, can cause sickness or death
for workers. Employers must take the necessary precautions to safeguard workers.
A new factsheet explains how to protect workers from the primary dangers
associated with spray painting marine vessels. These include fires and
explosions from flammable paints and coatings, as well as exposures to chemical
hazards and toxic substances. The fact sheet also explains the necessary
precautions employers must take to safeguard workers, which include identifying
and evaluating exposures to respiratory and other hazards. Where appropriate,
employers must also ensure that chemical labels and safety data sheets are made
available to exposed workers, and offer workers training on the hazards.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration