Health and Paint

Long term health risks caused by traditional paint

If you are a professional painter or just planning to paint your house soon, you might be concerned about the health risks related to painting.

Studies have found positive associations with childhood leukaemia and other issues, when the mother has been exposed to VOCs, either before or during pregnancy.

On the other hand, those who spend large proportions of time with paint, such as paint professionals, plasterers, glaziers, wallpaper hangers and artists should be concerned about high rates of cancers linked to painting. It is known that there are multiple types of cancers caused by extended exposure to painting. Among them are: 

1.    Bladder Cancer: In a paper from The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), it is mentioned that after taking account of smoking, painters were still 30% more likely to develop bladder cancer than the general population.

2.    Lung Cancer: Many researchers have found out that painting increase chances of lung cancer.

The founder of Tartan Paints, an experienced painter of over 30 years, was inspired to create a healthier alternative to traditional paints after experiencing health problems related to his long-term exposure to some of the best-known brands of paints available on the Australian market today. He was shocked to discover the levels of harmful ingredients in paint, and out of a sense of responsibility towards his industry, he decided to see if he could make a healthier choice paint. After much research and consultation with chemical engineers, he has been able to develop a range of paints which are not only a healthier choice for people, but also for the environment.

Healthy Paint Practices:

Choose Ultra- Low VOC Paint. Read the Benefits of Low VOC Paint from our blog. 
Read all directions provided on the paint cans and packaging.

Use recommended protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and a respirator with the proper filter. Dust masks are not the safest option when you paint.

Keep high risk individuals away from the room before starting painting. High risk individuals can be pregnant women, babies, children and pets at your home.

Avoid spray painting.

Do not use exterior paint to paint indoors.

Ensure maximum ventilation – keep the windows open and use a ventilator to push out air from the inside.

Vacate the room for 48 – 72 hours after painting as drying paint reduces the risk of inhaling harmful emissions.

Avoid storing paint as there are still risks of emissions of harmful chemicals from paint. If you do, store it in a dry location with minimal temperature swings and beyond the reach of children. 

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