Exposure tends to occur when particles become airborne, which is why workers who use spray painting methods are at a higher risk for illness than those who use brushes and rollers. But workers can also be exposed to hazardous chemicals at any stage of the spray painting process, including preparation (preparing surfaces or tinting and pouring paint), storage, clean up, and disposal.

Hazardous chemicals that workers may be exposed to include:



  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Powders
  • Lacquers
  • Paint strippers
  • Adhesives
  • Surface preparation products
  • Rust removers