Mechanic or vehicle crash repair, including spray painting
This information is for mechanics, welders and vehicle crash repair workers, including those who are spray painters. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Found in products including paints, coatings, foams, glues and flooring. Spray painting releases high levels into the air.
From sanding and grinding.
A mixture of gases, including nitrous oxide(N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), shielding gas (e.g. argon, helium), ozone (O3), and very fine particles which may harm your lungs if breathed in.
A naturally-occurring mineral used in building products in the past, however many structures will still contain asbestos products today. When material containing asbestos is moved or damaged, a dust containing fibres of asbestos can go into the air and be breathed in.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.