Road painters working without protection are prone to "occupational cancer"
Road painters working without protection are prone to "occupational cancer"
November 19, 2012
[China paint information] low concentrations of formaldehyde and benzene that painters have been exposed to for a long time may cause chronic poisoning, damage people's nervous and hematopoietic systems, and even affect the growth and development of the next generation. A large number of medical examinations have confirmed that painters have a high probability of lung cancer and bladder cancer
in the past few days, the investigation found that painters and road fitters employed by some non-standard decoration enterprises are migrant workers from rural areas, who often take up their posts without any formal training and lack of safety protection, and are the high-risk groups of such poisoning incidents
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Road painters are prone to "occupational cancer"
in the past few days, an investigation has been carried out on the poisoning of painters during the decoration process. Master Wang, a painter with 10 years of service, is from Huaibei, Anhui Province. He told that in March 2010, an acquaintance of his fellow countryman introduced him to work as a painter in a decoration company in Lanzhou. At the end of that year, the fellow countryman felt unwell. Last spring, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia in his hometown hospital. In April of the same year, he died due to ineffective treatment. Master Wang said that some customers have particularly high requirements for the painting process. They are afraid of sticking dust when painting walls and other plates, and do not let the window open. What they can't stand most is the pungent smell. Their eyes and throat are very uncomfortable. Around him, all villagers engaged in decoration are accompanied by cough, headache, chest tightness, fatigue, limb weakness and other symptoms to varying degrees
according to the data released by the environmental monitoring center of the National Interior Decoration Association, the number of poisoning deaths caused by decoration is up to 110000 every year, and painters bear the brunt. According to reports, because painters have long-term exposure to low concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, etc., can cause chronic poisoning. Mild cases will often be accompanied by cough, headache, chest tightness, fatigue, limb weakness, forming a circuit for the negative grounding of intrinsic safety, and other symptoms. Serious cases will damage the nervous and hematopoietic system, and even affect the growth and development of the next generation, resulting in birth deformities. A large number of medical examinations have confirmed that painters have a higher risk of lung cancer and bladder cancer. In addition, the phenomenon of exceeding the standard of chemical poisons in some wood products used for decoration is also widespread. The problem of exceeding the standard of four highly toxic substances such as benzene, formaldehyde, aniline and toluene diisocyanate is particularly serious, which undoubtedly worsens the health of decorators and even painters
there was no protection against hidden dangers when working
came to Yantan furniture market several times to communicate with many decorators nearby. Master Jiang, a decorator from Jiangsu, told them that there were 89 fellow villagers who were engaged in decoration. No matter who took the job, they were tied together to do it. "Every member of us can win everything, whether it's carpentry, wall painting or painting!" However, in the eyes of master Jiang and other fellow villagers, in addition to carpentry, other painters in the decoration industry are "self-taught"
when it comes to whether relevant protective measures are taken in decoration operations, almost all respondents shake their heads and say never. "During the decoration process, if we are choked by the peculiar smell emitted by paint and other materials, we will stand in front of the window or go out for ventilation, and we will continue to work after a while!" Several decorators said
it can be seen that decoration is a high-risk industry, and its harm to human health is inevitable no matter whether it is a long-term or phased operation. It was learned from various interviews that in Lanzhou, painters in some formal decoration companies will basically operate in accordance with the standard process of industry norms. In the future, there will be more factories, and the health problems will not be great. But more road decoration "guerrillas", such as master Jiang, are basically "self-taught" by fellow villagers. They have not received any formal training, lack occupational safety and health knowledge, and do not know self-protection, resulting in many potential safety hazards during operation. In particular, some migrant workers who have just come out of rural areas have a weaker sense of self-protection, which is more likely to lead to poisoning incidents
it is difficult to implement the health protection regulations
according to the relevant person of the provincial interior decoration Association, there are about 100000 decorators in the province, including 60000 or 70000 in Lanzhou. According to the information they have, most of these decorators come from rural areas, have no fixed units, and mostly belong to road decorators. At present, the working function of the decoration association has not yet involved the health protection of decoration personnel, and they have not organized the related training and other work
it is learned from the health supervision department that the relevant national laws and regulations have provisions on the occupational protection of painters. For example, the law on the prevention and control of occupational diseases and the regulations on labor protection in workplaces where toxic substances are used clearly stipulate that the Central Laboratory of oil enterprises, quality inspection departments, production sites, and construction sites of engineering projects will also gradually use experimental machines to provide painters with necessary protective equipment, such as gas masks, gloves, etc., and regularly conduct occupational health examinations for painters. If an enterprise or unit fails to provide occupational protection according to law, the administrative department of health may warn, require rectification, or even punish the development history of its battery extrusion testing machine
however, if decoration painters want to obtain the protection of laws and regulations, they must have a labor contract signed with the labor unit. More decorators and painters belong to the road "guerrillas", which are not only mobile, difficult to count, but also have no contracts. Under such circumstances, their occupational disease prevention can only rely on their own attention
relevant experts from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Lanzhou University and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Lanzhou City said that generally speaking, if decoration is carried out in accordance with standardized industry standards, the probability of painter occupational diseases can be reduced. The most effective way to prevent paint poisoning is to maintain good ventilation conditions. In addition, painters should try to avoid skin contact with toxic and harmful substances such as solvents and coatings, such as working clothes, gas gloves, masks and protective glasses