|Topic: Hazards of High Pressure Airless Sprayers|
|Date Issued: July 17, 2015||Date Revised:|
Airless sprayers are mechanical devices that compress a fluid coating (like paint) to force it through a small opening or “spray tip,” creating a fan or pattern. Airless spray equipment generates very high fluid pressure – some reaching 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi). Spray from the gun, leaks or ruptured components can inject fluid through the skin and into your body, causing serious injury, including the need for amputation.
The injection may look like a cut, but it is a severe injury. Medical treatment must be sought immediately and physicians must be provided with detailed information on the injected material and recommended actions from safety data sheets or the manufacturer.