Surface Preparation Safety:
Structures built before 1978 may contain LEAD AND/OR ASBESTOS. If you believe lead or asbestos exist, do not remove, disturb or sand old paint or drywall finishing materials without contacting your local health officials for information on lead paint testing, asbestos testing, and safety precautions. Scraping, sanding or removing old paint or drywall finishing materials from any surface may release lead, asbestos, and/or crystalline silica dust. LEAD, ASBESTOS, AND CRYSTALLINE SILICA ARE TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO DUST FROM THESE MATERIALS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS AND/OR DEATH.
Many Kelly-Moore products will have detectable amounts of some of the chemicals on the State of California Proposition 65 list. These chemicals are known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects and other reproductive harm. Unless the chemicals are specifically identified on the product label and on the Material Safety Data Sheets, they are present as trace contaminants only. As trace contaminants, Kelly-Moore and its suppliers believe that the chemicals do not pose a significant health risk when the paint products are applied or used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions.
For more information on asbestos:
Contact your local American Lung Association for a copy of “Indoor Air Pollution Fact Sheet – Asbestos”, “Air Pollution in Your Home?” and other publications on indoor pollution at 1-800-LUNG USA.
For more information on lead:
Contact the U.S. EPA/Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or log on to www.epa.gov/leadfor print materials, including an Environmental Protection Agency booklet titled “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.”
For more information on crystalline silica:
For print materials and other information, including a copy of “A Guide to Working Safely with Silica”, log on to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at: www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline.
Make sure all ladders are in serviceable condition, and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines for safety and load specifications. Be aware of overhead high voltage power lines when placing and/or using a ladder.
Check with your local utility company if there are any questions about the existence of high voltage power lines on or near your jobsite. Take all necessary safety precautions before beginning your work. For more information on specific brand of ladder, or safe use and placement, please contact the manufacturer or retailer.
In an enclosed area and as required, always wear an appropriate, properly fitted respirator (NIOSH/MSHA approved) during and after application of any coating unless air monitoring demonstrates that vapor/mist levels are below applicable limits. Follow respirator manufacturer’s directions for respirator use.
A respirator manufacturer, and/or authorized dealer can recommend which type respirator is approved for a product by reading the coatings manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet. Only the end user, however, can be charged with the responsibility for monitoring the air in their facility for exposure levels. If air monitoring is not done, fresh air supplied respirators should be used.
Electrical Equipment Safety:
All equipment must be grounded and non-sparking tools and appropriate footwear should be used.
Some paint products may contain chemicals which are harmful if they come in contact with exposed skin. Protection for exposed skin (gloves, protective creams) should be available, and used per product directions. Appropriate, specific Material Safety Data Sheet product information is available upon request and can help determine the nature of chemical exposure. Contact your physician for more specific treatment information.
Working with flammables and combustibles:
- Fire extinguishers, a safety shower, and fire blankets must be immediately available.
- Use only explosion-proof electrical equipment, including lighting.
- Do not leave any material or equipment unattended.
Always use any paint product with proper ventilation. Provide general dilution or local exhaust ventilation in volume and pattern to keep the air contaminant concentration below the applicable exposure limit (OSHA PEL) of the components being used. This information is listed on the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheets. All application areas should be ventilated in accordance with applicable OSHA regulations, contact you local office for specific information.
Safe Waste Disposal:
Dispose of in accordance with applicable Federal, State and Local regulations. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations, it is the responsibility of the product user to determine, at the time of disposal, whether a material should be classified as a hazardous waste. Consult the appropriate regional, state, federal regulatory agency for information on proper disposal of all products.
Material Safety Data Information and Container Safety Info:
A Material Safety Data Sheet can be referred to prior to opening any container or using any type of coating. Also read the label on each container for any specific hazards or instructions. A manufacturer is required to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet on products purchased upon request.