Paints are without chemicals that can cause toxic effects. Even in modern times, still paint manufacturers produce some paints that contains toxic ingredients such as VOCs (volatile chemicals), heavy metals and additives that can have adverse effect on human health. You may unknowingly inhaling high VOC paint fumes while doing painting projects and you may unknowingly put your self in danger by placing paint buckets near flammable materials or source of ignition or fire. Fortunately, some of these toxic paints has been phased out or banned from commercial sale. Others are still in market. Learn some of the info behind the paint toxicity, potential dangers and safety precaution.
Hazard Properties of Paints
Toxicity – According to Wikipedia, toxicity means the degree that a substance can harm or damage an organism. When the chemical enters the digestive system and blood stream it can be metabolized into more toxic chemical thereby causing more trouble to biological functions. Some paint additives can cause immediate irritation when taken orally. Other paints can cause dermatitis when it stays longer in skin surfaces
High Toxic pigments and their toxic chemical content that must be avoided
Flake White – Lead
Zinc Yellow – Chromate
Mercadium Orange – Cadmium, Sulfides, and Mercury
Lead Red – Lead
Kings Yellow – Chromate
Vermilion – Mercury
Cobalt Green – Cobalt
Flammability – Due to their petroleum or high volatile contents, paints can be a source of fire hazard. Enamel paints or oil based paints are flammable and ignite and burn easily when exposed to fire or heat sources.
Flammable Paints Includes Paints With High VOC Contents
Oil Based Paints
Epoxy Based Paints
Paints With Paint Thinners
Paints Containing Toluene, Methanol and Ketones
- Store Paints in Cool and Dry Place
- Label Paints
- Wear Safety Protection Such as Goggles, Gloves and Mask With Filter
- Store Paints Far and Away From Sources of Ignition Such as Furnaces, Gas Ranges and Heaters.
- Make Home Interior Well Ventilated.
- Read Label Carefully and Follow Instructions
- Don’t Mix Paints and Other Chemicals