Risk Avoidance in Applying Anti Corrosive Coatings

December 16, 2009

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The success of any anti-corrosive exterior painting project to repair corroded metal structures lies primarily in the careful selection of the most appropriate anti-corrosive paints, primers, topcoats, and sealers that make up the coating system.

But any coating system is bound to fail, no matter the quality of the exterior painting products used, if the material safety data sheet (MSDS) is not followed carefully. The MSDS is the exterior painting product manufacturer’s usage instruction where everything about the product – its preparation, application, and post-application handling – is listed.

The MSDS serves as a valuable guide in storing and handling the harmful components in anti-corrosive exterior painting products, which may pose a grave risk to application workers during coating installation. The MSDS indicates the chemical properties of substances in the exterior painting product — from melting point, boiling point, and flash point, among others. If any toxic substance is contained in the exterior painting product, its reactive properties and health impact are also contained in the MSDS. Knowing the product’s safe and unsafe properties goes a long way in protecting application workers from being adversely affected.

Furthermore, any environmental hazards posed by handling particular substances in the exterior painting product are outlined in the MSDS, giving workers better knowledge on the chemical risks and environment impact of these potentially harmful products. The importance of taking these risks seriously leads to proper handling, storage, application, and waste management of anti-corrosive exterior painting products, which prevents VOC and toxic substances from being released and harming the environment.

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