Paint is made up of a base pigment (a mixture of compounds to give it a particular colour), a binder and a solvent, which evaporates to give a hard solid surface finish for a decorative and/or protective coating.

This topic covers the health hazards that may be encountered when working with paints, and the methods that should be employed to control those hazards. The topic does not cover the environmental aspects of working with paint.

Employers' Duties

Employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of all employees under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

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