Thursday, 25 April 2013

Paint and Paint Fumes During Pregnancy

Very little research has been carried out into the effects of paint fumes on unborn babies. However, the few studies carried out show that the risk is extremely low. Any small risk there is to your baby is greatest during your first trimester (weeks 0-13). This is because your baby's organs start to develop during the first trimester. Any harmful fumes or chemicals at this stage could affect your baby more severely. Water based paints or latex paints are best, they pose no increased reproductive risk because they have low volatility. However, solvent-based paints and old paintwork (which may contain traces of lead) may pose a greater risk. Solvent-based paints can contain varying levels of substances that can be harmful, such as white spirit, xylene, toluene and alkanes. Long-term exposure to solvents can seriously affect a developing baby.For this reason, you should avoid using solvent-based paints and stripping old paintwork while you're pregnant. If you are stripping paint that contains lead, you could inhale it in the clouds of dust which come from stripping the paint. This could potentially harm the development of your baby. 

Reducing the Risk
If you want to completely eliminate the risk of paint fumes affecting your baby, then you should avoid doing any painting or decorating. However, if you do choose to do some painting or decorating, there are some steps you can take, to help prevent paint or chemical fumes affecting your baby. For example:
  • Use paints and decorating materials which are labeled as being suitable for nurseries or children's rooms, as these materials should contain fewer chemicals.
  • Use water-based paints instead of solvent-based ones.
  • Avoid using spray paints and other decorating materials containing solvents.
  • If you're unsure what chemicals or substances are contained in your paint or decorating material, contact the manufacturer, who should be able to advise you.
  • Make sure any room you paint in is well ventilated, by opening any windows or doors.
  • Use gloves, long trousers and long sleeved tops to help protect your skin.
For more risk reducing tips and information please follow link for full article 

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Graffiti in Seattle a Growing Problem

SEATTLE - It's not the image that the city wants to leave with tourists. But sadly, more and more, their first and last impression of Seattle is an eyesore - graffiti scrawled and sprayed on buildings, bridges, tunnels, signs .... virtually any flat surface. Statistics show the city has spent literally millions of dollars removing graffiti over the years. A city poll revealed that nearly half of Seattleites think graffiti is a problem. There's a law on the books requiring private property owners to remove it. The city has encouraged graffiti artists to contribute to murals, hoping that would stop the problem. And many people compare those murals to works of art. But that hasn't stopped other taggers from attacking buildings, tunnels and bridges all over the city. Internet research appears to confirm that the graffiti is not so much the work of street gangs, marking their territory. But rather it is created by specialized tagging gangs making Seattle their canvas in a competition. For official news report on subject and full article follow link If your property has been affected by graffiti now there is an Environmentally friendly solution to graffiti removal. Graffiti Go is the solvent and fume free solution from EcoSolve Americas. EcoLogo Green Certified as the safe alternative to harsh graffiti removers. Safe on all surfaces including old brick and stone will not discolor or damage. All ingredients are sustainable and water soluble with patented water based technology for powerful performance. Graffiti Go is part of EcoSolve's line of certified Tough Not Toxic paint and coating removers. For more info and where to buy please visit 

Friday, 19 April 2013

EPA Regulations and Best Management Practices for Paint

With millions gallons of architectural paint being applied at millions of locations each year, it would be impossible for EPA or state environmental agencies to permit or monitor each one. Therefore, the approach taken by EPA to limit VOC emissions from architectural painting operations is to control what goes into the product, rather than to try to control the user. The resulting rules effectively force paint makers to minimize the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their products. In the regulations, EPA has defined VOC very broadly. In effect, any volatile compound of carbon is classified as a VOC for regulatory purposes, unless specifically “exempted”.  EPA uses is a specific test method, known as Test Method 24, which determines what is to be treated as a VOC.

Best Management Practices 

The BMPs listed below will help reduce or eliminate pollution that could otherwise be generated from painting operations. 

Removing Old Paint
  • Cover or berm nearby storm drain inlets when stripping or cleaning building exteriors with high-pressure water prior to painting. The waste water must not be discharged to the storm drain system. The waste water must be collected, and may be discharged to the sanitary sewer if the building exterior paint does not contain lead or mercury (after 1978, lead was phased out of most architectural paints). If paint containing lead or mercury was used, contact your state environmental agency for information about the appropriate disposal options before beginning work.
  • If grinding or blasting is used to remove old paint, protect nearby storm drain inlets with a protective cover such as a heavy rubber mat. Paint dust, particles, and other debris must be completely cleaned up, preferably by sweeping, after the job is done.
  • Non-hazardous paint chips and dust from dry stripping and sand blasting may be swept up or collected and disposed of as trash. Chemical paint stripping residue, and chips and dust containing lead or tributyl tin, must be disposed of as a hazardous waste.

  • Paint and paint thinner may never be discharged into the storm drain system. In addition, waste water or runoff containing paint or paint thinner may never be discharged into a storm drain.  When there is a risk of a spill reaching the storm drain, nearby storm drain inlets must be protected prior to starting painting.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Keep paint containers closed when not in use.
  • Paintbrushes and containers may never be cleaned or rinsed into a street, gutter, creek, or storm drain.
  • When cleaning brushes and rollers after painting, brush out excess paint onto newspaper or cardboard. If using latex paints, the brush or roller may then be rinsed in a sink that is plumbed to the sanitary sewer. If using oil-based paints, the brush or roller needs to be cleaned with paint thinner which cannot be discharged to the sanitary sewer. Paint thinners must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
  • Leftover paint in the roller pan should be drained back into the paint can. If using paint hoses and guns, spray out the paint residue into the paint can.
  • When the job is completed, collect all unused or waste materials and dispose of properly. Never leave or abandon materials onsite, and ensure that nothing has “drifted” towards the street, gutter, or catch basin.
Recycling/Disposal of Residuals
  • Properly store leftover paint.  Even when you attempt to estimate your needs, there may be paint remaining. If there is enough paint for a smaller job or to save for future touch-ups, close the can tightly to prevent it from drying out. To indicate the color inside, write the location that the color was used or put a dot of paint on the lid of the can. In colder regions, another storage consideration is that latex paints may freeze below a certain temperature.
  • Recycle, return to supplier or donate unwanted water-based (latex) paint. Dried latex paint and empty paint cans may be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Leftover oil-based paint may be recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste. Paint thinners must be disposed of as hazardous waste. 
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Thursday, 11 April 2013

The DIY Painting Guide: Everything You Need to Know!

It's one of the quickest ways to give a home a facelift, but painting like the pros requires patience, attention to detail, a steady hand and yes, tedious preparation. Don't just dive into a painting project, be prepared and organized. It's a messy business, with lots of bending, twisting and negotiating ladders, and inevitable dithering over the crucial color scheme. Decide up front who lands the back-breaking tasks of heavy sanding and painting the ceilings. Painting is not just about getting the paint onto surfaces successfully. There's an awful lot of work involved in not getting paint where it shouldn't be. There is a lot to consider besides what color to pick. From prep to clean up find out the best way to take on your next paint project here Here are some quick dos and don'ts for successful DIY paint projects.

  • Thoroughly stir the paint before starting
  • Always work your way down, starting with the ceilings first
  • Choose the best quality paint brushes and paint you can afford
  • Paint in manageable patches to ensure you're not going back over paint that's started to dry already.
  • Tie up/cover your hair unless you want paint speckles that don't wash out once dried.
  • Use a cheap masking tape. Buy proper painter's masking tape that won't remove the paint or chunks of plaster when you pull it off
  • Overload your roller or brushes with paint
  • Stir paint with a brush
  • Try to paint over crumbly surfaces you will just get ugly lumps in your paint
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Everything on Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos has been used in many industries. For example, the building and construction industries have used it for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. The shipbuilding industry has used asbestos to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes. The automotive industry uses asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads. Asbestos has also been used in ceiling and floor tiles; paints, coatings, and adhesives; and plastics.     
     People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems. Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.
      Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job, through the environment, or at home via should inform their doctor about their exposure history and whether or not they experience any symptoms. For full article and supporting links please follow 

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Water Based vs Solvent Based Paints and Paint Removers

Today, water-based paints dominate and account for roughly 80% of paints sold in the residential market. Solvent-based paints, sometimes referred to as "oil-based" or "alkyd" paints, contain a significantly higher level of organic solvents than water-based paints. These solvents are responsible for the strong odor noticeable in areas that have been freshly painted. They are also potentially hazardous for both human health and for the environment which is why concerted efforts have been made to reduce or remove their presence in paints without negatively impacting on paint performance.

The function of organic solvents in a paint relates to certain properties it brings – it facilitates the paint’s application, it’s drying, and the formation of a regular paint film. During application and drying, the solvent evaporates. When they evaporate these solvents release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, with a negative, toxic impact on the environment. For full article please follow link

Also changing in the market today is water based paint removers. Paint removal products have in the past always been dominated by solvent based strippers containing high levels of VOCs and harsh toxic solvents. Solvents like methylene chloride that can cause severe negative health effects when not used properly. Health effects varying from irritation to the respiratory system, causing cancer, brain damage, and in extreme cases of exposure death. Although there have been attempts to replace these solvents with water based alternatives many have proven to be expensive and not as effective.

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Methylene Chloride Safety Hazards

Methylene Chloride or dichloromethane is a colorless liquid that evaporates readily and exudes a pleasant sweetish odor. While methylene chloride is primarily used in industry, it's also found in some household products like spray paints, paint removers, and other consumer products as well. It's important to be aware of the possible health hazards posed by methylene chloride when you work with products containing this chemical. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, the evidence suggests prolonged inhalation or ingestion of methylene chloride may cause cancer. The EPA classifies methylene chloride as a probable human carcinogen and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has set the maximum occupational exposure limit at 25 ppm. The removal of methylene chloride from such consumer products as hair sprays and some paint removers has reduced the opportunity for non occupational exposure. But the risk still exists with every methylene chloride containing product still sitting on shelves for consumer purchase. For more details visit One of the most common products to find methylene chloride in with extremely hazardous concentrations is paint strippers. And chemical paint strippers are readily purchased by consumers for all types of application methods posing serious threats to the health of the user. EcoSolve Americas set out to replace chemical paint stripping products with safe water based technology that will not only effectively remove the hazards but also provide equal performance. EcoSolve has a line of safe and effective paint removal products for all types of application processes. Replace the hazardous chemicals in your life the technology is here! For more info on EcoSolve and certified safe paint removal products please visit the website