Health and Safety Tips when Painting

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Painting your home should be a fun and rewarding as well as a risk-free experience. There are some easy steps you can follow to make your next painting project a safe one. One of the first things you should do before anything else is read the paint can label. Always take note of any cautions or potential dangers indicated on the paint can this will allow you to prep the room accordingly. Know the risks of lead exposure this can occur if you are working on a home built before 1970 there is a chance that there may be lead-based paint on the walls and trim. All paint you can purchase today is lead free but still can contain chemicals that can effect your health. It is important to use protective equipment when painting to protect your eyes, lungs and skin from damage that could be caused by these chemicals. Most paint jobs will require the use of a ladder. Ladder safety is also important to minimize the likelihood of common ladder-related accidents. Once your done proper paint disposal and recycling can help protect the environment from paint chemical pollution. Exposure to paints can cause many health problems. Sometimes these are noticeable right away and sometimes the reaction to the overexposure isn’t observed until later. Knowing the negative health effects of certain types of paint can prevent you from overexposure at the first sign of symptoms. For a list of common health effects, symptoms, and details on all of the points mentioned please follow this link for full article http://www.quotify.com.au/painting/buyer-guides/health-and-safety-tips-paint-disposal-fumes-etc If you need to remove old, damaged, or lead contaminated paint before you can roll on a fresh coat make sure you do it safely. Many paint removal products are extremely hazardous and lead paint removal when not done properly can pose serious health threats to yourself and anyone in the vicinity of your project. Its recommend that you have an RRP Certified contractor remove lead paint from your home when ever possible. There are safe alternatives to paint removal that do not require hazardous chemicals and can effectively remove all types of paint including lead based paint (when proper safety procedures are used) safely. EcoSolve Americas has water based technology that replaces harsh solvents and caustics commonly found in chemical paint strippers. The Tough Not Toxic brand of paint removal products from EcoSolve are fume free, easily neutralized with water, and will not damage the surface your stripping. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details on safe solutions to paint removal and where to buy http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ All paint projects can be done safely with a little patience and a lot of know how, subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great tips on everything paint related.  http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is the water based gel paint stripper everyone is trying. Now you can do your paint removal projects all year round with safe products from EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation because not only is it solvent and caustic free its EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint stripping. No toxic fumes or burn hazards and you can get the results your looking for. Find out more about Home Strip, other safe solutions from EcoSolve, and where to buy please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove multiple coatings and finishes including

  • Lead-based paints (with lead safe work practices)
  • Oil-based paints
  • Solvent-based paints
  • Water-based paints & emulsions Polyurethane’s
  • Stains
  • Varnishes and waxes
  • Fire-resistant paints
  • Certain plastic coatings
  • Rust-preventative surface coatings and more

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove these types of coatings and more from all types of surfaces with no damage to the substrate including

  • All hard woods
  • All soft woods
  • All metals, including soft metals such as Aluminum, brass and copper.
  • Stone (including very soft porous stone)
  • Brick
  • Marble
  • Concrete
  • Plastered surfaces
  • Most plastics and fiberglass

Visit our website for more info and where to buy http://www.ecosolveamericas.com and like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/EcosolveAmericas

Sign This Petition and BAN Toxic Chemicals from Our Products

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Despite decades of knowledge about toxic health effects from chemicals like methylene chloride they remain poorly regulated. Protecting people from carcinogenic chemicals like methylene chloride can prevent cancer and save lives. Sign this petition today if you think methylene chloride should be banned from consumer products now! Follow this link and sign now together we can make a difference! https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use?utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Methylene chloride is considered by many regulatory agencies to cause cancer and has been linked to to over 50 worker deaths in North America since the mid-1980s. This chemical regularly used as a solvent is banned from many uses in Europe yet still available in multiple products for consumer use in North America. Cancer in people caused by methylene chloride can take years to develop and is more difficult to document. This small win can open the doors to much bigger change to regulations regarding the chemicals in our everyday products together we can do it!

Methylene Chloride MSDS: Read Between the Lines

The following sections are pulled from the Material Safety Data Sheets for Methylene Chloride prepared by Science Lab
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Potential Chronic Health Effects: CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Classified + Proven by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (US). Classified 2B (Possible for human.) by International Agency for Research on Cancer (UN). The substance is toxic to lungs, the nervous system, liver, mucous membranes, central nervous system. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

Other Toxic Effects on Humans: Very hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant), ingestion, or inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, permeator). Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching.

Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: Human: passes through the placenta, excreted in maternal milk.

Products of Bio degradation: Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.

Toxicity of the Products of Bio degradation: The products of degradation are more toxic.

For full MSDS document http://www.phy.duke.edu/research/photon/qelectron/dichloromethane_msds.pdf

Methylene Chloride can be found in numerous consumer products available for purchase in North America including: spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, adhesive removers, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, paint strippers and graffiti removal products, rust removers, glass frosting/artificial snow, and some automotive parts cleaning products.

If you want your voice to heard sign this petition to the Federal Minister of Health to ban the use of methylene chloride in consumer products now! http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use

 

 

Graffiti Go!

Graffiti Go can clean up and remove all types of graffiti damage safely from multiple surfaces! Watch this product demo and see Graffiti Go inaction fast and effective replacing harsh cleaners and solvents. Graffiti Go is water based product from EcoSolve Americas and EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint removal. This easy to use all-round product simultaneously does the work for which several different products would have been necessary in the past. With no fume or burn hazards Graffiti Go can be safely used anywhere by anyone with the quality performance you would expect from EcoSolve.

Graffiti Go will remove…

  • All paints including car spray paints
  • A wide variety of decals
  • Graffiti shadow
  • Leather dye
  • Marker pens
  • Crayons
  • Fly-posters
  • Chewing gum and more!!!

Make your work space a safe place with Graffiti Go! For info on Graffiti Go and other safe solutions from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com

Worker Fatality Alert

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The CA/FACE (California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) program is investigating the preventable death of a worker who was using a paint stripper inside a tank at a paint manufacturing company. A second worker was also nearly killed after attempting a rescue. What was the cause? Both of the workers were overcome by dangerous levels of solvent vapors inside the paint tank. The paint tank was a permit-required confined space, but proper testing, entry and rescue procedures were not in place to prevent both workers from being overcome by toxic vapors. The victim was wearing a cartridge respirator that did not adequately protect against inhaling methylene chloride vapors. Methylene chloride has been linked by Federal OSHA to over 50 worker deaths nationwide since the mid-1980s, primarily from use in poorly ventilated spaces. Methylene chloride is also considered by many regulatory agencies in the U.S. to cause cancer, and is banned from many uses in Europe. For full article follow link http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohb-face/Documents/paintstripper.pdf This tragic accident could have been prevented by removing the deadly chemical methylene chloride from the equation. Using safer non toxic paint stripping methods could have saved this workers life and prevented severe chemical poisoning of the injured co-worker. The need for industrial, professional, and consumer use of toxic chemicals like methylene chloride for paint removal is a thing of the past. Now innovative companies like EcoSolve Americas have advanced water based technology that can strip paint and other coatings from all types of surfaces fast and effectively without toxic ingredients that poison our bodies and the environment. EcoSolve paint removal products are tough enough for industrial and professional use yet so safe they are successfully used by consumers and DIY enthusiasts everywhere. For more info on EcoSolve and certified safe paint removal products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Renovate Right The Rules of Lead Safety

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The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Homes built before 1978 where commonly painted with lead based paint 30 years later that paint starts to chip and crack causing all kinds of health concerns for you and your family. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the RRP rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt. The EPA found that 60% of firms inspected in 2011 had not yet been certified to perform RRP work. It’s not fear of fines that should motivate contractors to comply with lead safety rules but the people they can seriously harm on the receiving end of lead paint dust. NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) maintains an online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements members can access this info for free. For full article, links to NAHB RRP info, and a list of states that self enforce RRP rules follow the link http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21473/uptick-expected-in-lead-paint-rule-enforcement If you own a home built before 1978 and want to conduct repairs to damaged paint or renovate always test for lead first. You can purchase easy to use lead test kits in most hardware stores and know exactly what your dealing with. If you have lead paint in your home and need to remove it hiring a certified contractor is a safe option but not everyone can afford to do this. EcoSolve Americas provides affordable paint removal products that can safely remove lead paint when safe lead paint removal procedures are carefully followed. Check out this EcoSolve Blog on recommended EPA lead removal practices and stay safe! http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/working-safe-with-lead-based-paint.html EcoSolve’s Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can effectively remove lead paint without creating dust by encasing the contaminated material and keeping it wet while softening for easier removal. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that has been EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. For more info on EcoSolve and there safe solutions for paint removal please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/