Spray Booths & Isocyanate Paint Health Risks

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
  • persistent cough
  • recurring blocked or runny nose
  • recurring sore or watering eyes
  • wheezing
  • breathlessness
  • flu-like shivers

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

Our Services

LEV Testing

Thorough examination and testing of Exhaust Ventilation Systems.


Just like all machinery, LEV systems require maintenance to avoid failure.


Initial meetings are free and no obligation, and we promise no hard sell.


Compliance LEV can source materials for any system type.

Working Together

Compliance LEV will always place you in the driving seat when it comes to LEV repairs, upgrades or installations costs.  We aim for long-term relationships with our clients.

We work across all industrial sectors both public and private sectors.

  • Wood

  • Metal

  • Paper

  • Chemical

  • Oil Mist

  • Soldering

  • Printing

  • Quarries

  • Welding

  • Food Production

  • Animal Feed

  • Spray Painting

  • Surface Technology

  • Hot Zinc Spraying

  • Acid Baths

  • Silica Sand

This list is not exhaustive, no matter how bespoke your requirements, we can help.

Contact Us for more information.