Job site I'm werkin on the painter is spraying lacquer on the custom wood work in the office.Well the stuff is in the air throughout the job.The concentration of the lacquer in the room he is working in is high enough that he wears a respirator.
I won't work in the place while the overspray is flying around.Is my concern warranted?Is prolonged inhaling of this harmful to others working in the place without respirators?
Shortcircuit, MSDS is Material Safety Data Sheet. This is part of the Right to Know Laws. These sheets are required with all chemicals used in a work place and must be available to all that might ask to see them.
[This message has been edited by Roger (edited 02-10-2005).]
Re: Safety Concern?#150332 02/10/0507:16 AM02/10/0507:16 AM
Thanks a heap, Roger. I would have been here sooner but work pressures...... The MSDS is a legally binding document that states the hazards the the chemical(s) in use can pose to human and other life. It is up the the user to judge wether it could be harmful to others at the time of application.
Here's a rather strange off-side to this topic. I was talking to a painter a couple of years back and he was telling me that he was getting out of the painting trade, because the fumes from Lacquers and various other things that they used. He was warned by a doctor prior to his decision, because the toxin levels in his blood had risen to near fatal levels, even though he always used a respirator mask. Apparently it can also be absorbed through the pores of the skin from the air. Nasty stuff alright!.