As a painter, you expose yourself to harmful chemicals and toxic fumes every time you take on a new painting project. Short or long-term exposure to commercial or industrial-grade paint can cause health problems as well as skin irritation or other medical issues.
How do you protect yourself from these job-related risks whenever you enter the work site? The answer is disposable paint suits. The appropriate paint suit protects you from contact with paint far better than regular clothing.
Choose Disposable Painters Overalls for the Right Type of Paint
Some types of paint have little to no toxicity. Other types of paint can be harmful to inhale, but not harmful to the skin. The most toxic types of paint can be detrimental upon contact or ingestion. The three most common types of paint that professionals use include:
1. Protection From Latex Paints
Exterior latex paint contains mercy. This substance acts as a paint preservative, as well as an agent that kills bacteria. Latex paint fumes contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as toluene, formaldehyde, and benzene. Workers that are exposed to these types of compounds can suffer from a wide range of health issues if exposed for long periods.
2. Protection from Oil Based Paints
Oil-based paints may contain toxic elements such as hydrocarbons and high levels of VOCs. Consequently, the most significant health issues that can occur as a result of inhalation or paint poisoning include skin irritation, vision problems, respiratory conditions, coughing, disorientation, accelerated heart rate, or sinus complications.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that some VOCs in oil-based paints may cause cancer. Exposure to oil-based paint may cause organ and central nervous system failure some workers may be particularly sensitive to oil-based paint and will experience dizziness or upset stomach if exposed to paint for long periods. They may also have difficulty breathing or develop rashes on the skin.
3. Protection from Solvent Based Paints
Solvent-based paints can cause greater skin irritation or ingestion problems than other types of paint. Workers that inhale solvent fumes may experience medical issues in the lungs. Long-term inhalation can also lead to severe headaches, upset stomach, or dizziness.
Whether painters are applying paint with a brush, a roller, or a sprayer, the skin can absorb paint fumes and particles through in the air. Wearing paint suits can help reduce or eliminate health risks by shielding the skin from all paint toxins and fumes during paint jobs.
Look for a Disposable Painters Suit with Optimal Breathability & Comfort
When it comes to disposable paint suits, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for safety. One of the characteristics of quality disposable suits is moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR). The suit should allow body heat and sweat vapor to pass through the suit without compromising the permeability of the material against chemicals and paint fumes.
Comfortable paint suits allow workers more flexibility in the shoulder and back area so that they can utilize paint equipment more efficiently and without fatigue. A gusseted crotch area gives workers the ability to squat and bend with a lower likelihood of tearing the suit.
Make Sure the Disposable Painters Suit is Durable
Durability is a crucial element in disposable paint suits. The material must be rugged, puncture-resistant, and be able to withstand intense work environments.
The best paint suits contain advanced lamination technology that combines soft non-woven fabric with a microporous film. This material creates a liquid and particulate barrier that protects the worker from exposure to toxic substances.
Buy Disposable & Recyclable Disposable Painters Overalls
Disposable paint suits may seem like a cheap alternative to more expensive suits that workers keep and wash over and again. However, disposable suits offer the same level of protection against paint particles and fumes as non-disposable suits, but with the following advantages:
- Disposable suits are a more cost-effective solution and save companies money on paint gear.
- Rather than waste money on water consumption and cleaning supplies, workers can dispose of the suit one or more times per day.
- Disposable suits are recyclable. Manufacturers can fabricate paint suits for reuse many times over.
Make Sure the Suits Meet OSHA Regulations
According to OSHA regulations, all workers exposed to paint must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever the painter is exposed to potential hazards that arise from chemical exposure such as commercial or industrial paint.
Disposable paint suits must shield or isolate workers from the chemical effects of paint that could cause immediate medical issues such as skin irritation or burning, as well as long-term health issues such as inhalation that leads to respiratory problems over time.
OSHA explains that both exposure to paint substances and the health risks that it has on workers is not always apparent. Therefore, employers must be proactive in choosing the right disposable suit that prevents potential problems before they occur.
Disposable Paint Suits from International Enviroguard
International Enviroguard offers several disposable suit solutions for painters.
- Brush applications, where there could be dripping or rubbing requires a non-porous suit. International Enviroguard’s ValuGuard MP™ or MicroGuard MP®.
- Overspray applications, where the goal is protection from over-spray (considered a particulate). International Enviroguard’s Body Filter 95+®.
- Contractors working in refineries – that require FR protection. International Enviroguard’s PyroGuard FR®.
Body Filter 95+®
Enjoy the benefits of the first full-body protective filtration garment that protects workers against dangerous noxious particulates and heat buildup.
- Filters out 95%-99% of 0.3-micron particles—similar to an N95 respirator!
- Designed for superior airflow and breathability compared to competitive fabrics like TYVEK®.
- Offers exceptional fabric strength with superior abrasion resistance to prevent tears and rip-outs.
A lightweight, breathable fabric that cost-effectively protects your people and visitors from dirt and grime, while adding to the protection of your finished product from unwanted contaminants.
- High moisture vapor transmission rate keeps your people cool and comfortable.
- Seamless shoulder area provides significantly more room allowing workers to freely move their arms and shoulders without ripping or tearing.
- Elastic back stretches with the user for more comfort and better tear resistance. No need to purchase a larger size just to have more fabric in the back.
- Gusseted, reinforced crotch provides more room to move in all directions without ripping or tearing.
- Produces less lint than other competitive products.
- Passes ASTM F1670 for blood.
Our proprietary line of PyroGuard FR garments are designed for wear over primary FR apparel to extend their life and offer additional protection. These lightweight, breathable garments keep dirt, grease and grime off the primary FR.
- Passes ASTM D6413 vertical flame testing
- Meets NFPA 2113 requirements for section 5.1.9
- High MVTR for increased worker comfort
Our most economical option for microporous protection. ValuGuard MP™ provides an economical solution for non-hazardous work environments. This disposable protective clothing offers exception protection from light liquid splashes, sprays and particulates.
- High moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) helps wearers feel cooler.
- Environmentally friendly—can be recycled after use.