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Working With Industrial Coatings: Safety First

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Like everything else, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. However, when you’re working with industrial coatings, safety should always come first. For one thing, you’ll want to know about health risks. Additionally, failure to follow safety guidelines can bring on environmental issues. In our next article, we’ll discuss how industrial coatings can raise concerns in the air and soil.

More than likely, it’s something you’ve already considered when working with any type of chemical. After all, you need to take precautions with products you use every day. For example, you might use bleach to clean surfaces and intuitively know how to prevent harm. At the very least, you could decide to wear rubber gloves to limit your exposure to skin irritants.

What are your concerns when it comes to industrial coatings? It starts with their makeup. Isocyanates are compounds that react with other compounds in the creation of many variations of polymers. In fact, they are the raw material found in many types of coatings. The combination of compounds is part of spray foam insulation, as well as surface coatings. OSHA has specified guidelines for those working with isocyanates hazards.  Following their rules will lead to minimizing toxic exposure.

Safety Guidelines for Industrial Coatings

At Marvel Coatings, we consider safety to be a primary concern when it comes to coating application. Therefore, we offer safety consultations as a matter of course. At the very least, personal protective equipment is essential for anyone working with industrial coatings.

Personal Protective Equipment is often referred to by its acronym (PPE). Here are some of the suggested forms of PPEs:

  • Protective glasses or goggles to ward off eye irritants

  • Gloves that are designated as resistant to Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) to avoid chemical exposure to hands

  • Protective clothing that is also MDI resistant and designed to safeguard exposure

  • Shoes or boots that are specially designed for construction or chemical worker tasks

Irritation to skin and eyes is one of the concerns in working with industrial coatings. However, respiratory issues are another problem that can be avoided by following safety guidelines.  More than likely, you and your crew will need air respirators.  You should not stop at paper masks – but make sure you are using good sturdy equipment.

Spray Booths

In order to limit exposure during the process of spraying on bedliners, spray booths are suggested. In fact, in many states – spray booths are required by law. It is also critical that spray booths are maintained. You’ll want to make sure there are no leaks and check the air flow to ensure ventilation is working efficiently. This includes ensuring the exhaust fans are operational.

At Marvel Coatings, we can help you with your initial purchase of a spray booth and help you make sure it is operating correctly. We will also coach you on best safety practices for spray on bedliners.

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Have questions concerning the safety of industrial coatings? Our Marvel Coatings team is ready to give you the answers you need. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.