Firstly, here is what law says including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). It requires employers, and the self-employed, to control the risks from harmful substances used or produced at work, including isocyanate in paints – see www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/harmful.
Almost all bodyshops use paints and lacquers containing isocyanate hardener. Compliance LEV test and service paint systems, self-contained booths and large spraying facilities.
We find that a lot of companies don’t know that ‘water-based’ paints can still contain isocyanates. The big risk here is occupational asthma. Materials containing isocyanate are the single biggest cause of occupational asthma in Great Britain. The workers at greatest risk are vehicle paint sprayers.
These workers are at a 90 times greater risk than the industry average and therefore the correct control, testing and maintenance of these systems is critical to your employees.
Typical early signs of respiratory sensitisation to isocyanates include one or more of the following:
chest tightness, often occurring outside working hours in the evening or early morning
recurring blocked or runny nose
recurring sore or watering eyes
If you have a paint system that needs LEV testing and PPM, or you are looking for a new system, installing an LEV system is a great way to control isocyanates and to keep people safe and therefore meet your legal obligations.
Compliance LEV can specify, price and install the correct LEV system as a complete solution provider.
Compliance LEV are highly trained and knowledgeable LEV experts. Don’t hesitate to contact us for free initial advice and site survey