Chemical Hazards

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Apr 01, 2014
Paint Healthy Collision Repair

Paint Healthy Collision Repair is a collaborative research project to reduce harmful chemical exposures in automotive spray painters.


Apr 01, 2009
Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert: Hydrofluoric (HF) acid in commercial cleaners for vehicles (PDF)

Employers use hydrofluoric (HF) acid, in significant quantities, in a number of common commercial cleaners. Specifically, in wax removers for cleaning farm equipment, spoke wheels, and walls inside drive-through car washes.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Aug 01, 2008
Aerosol Cleaner Use in Auto Repair (PDF)

Overexposure to solvent-based aerosol (spray can) cleaners affects the nervous system (the brain), causing nausea, dizziness, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects like those of being drunk. Use the safer aerosol cleaners described in this fact sheet to help protect your health and the environment.

Source: CDPH

Aug 01, 2008
Choosing the Right Gloves for Painting Cars

This guide provides insights into some of the chemical-protective gloves presently available that may be used by auto refinishers. It is not intended to be used as a glove selection guide.

Source: EPA

Aug 01, 2008
Health and Safety in Washington State's Collision Repair Industry: A Needs Assessment (Dec. 2005) (PDF)

Workers in the collision repair industry may be exposed to isocyanates and other harmful chemicals. Of particular concern is the burden of work-related asthma in this industry, which likely reflects exposures to the isocyanates in two-part paints. Consequently, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) staff conducted key informant interviews, performed field investigations, and distributed a statewide needs assessment survey to learn more.