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Paint Safety Primer

Painting in the arts industry is dynamic. Painters often work with varnishes, paint spraying and perform similar jobs that put them at risk equal to or greater than painters in other professions. Studies have shown that painters have a 30% or greater risk of lung cancer. Additionally, there are increased risks for cancer of the bladder, stomach and esophagus. The health risks can be reduced by limiting and/or eliminating exposures.

The information contained in this booklet aims to arm painters with the knowledge and information to protect themselves and stay healthy for years to come. Find our primer below:

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Actsafe Safety Association would like to acknowledge and honour that our workplace and classrooms are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Qayqayt, S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), and Stz’uminus peoples.


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