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Old 01-02-2013, 06:00 PM
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I think I might have asthma

I think I may have asthma from paint. We paint quite a bit of imron at my work. Imron has isocyanate in it. Sometimes people at work paint smaller pieces outside the booth to "get things done". I'll walk into the area, unaware that someone is painting, and I get a bad whiff of it. Then my chest will tighten up like there's a belt around my chest. Is this asthma? BTW I've never had any asthmatic symptoms before, ran a marathon a couple of years back, never had any problems with my lungs before I took this job.

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It isn't asthma, it would be "isocyanate poisoning" it sounds like you could have developed a sensitivity to isocyanates.

You need to see a doctor, you do not want to screw around with this. I tell the guys at work all the time, don't go spraying that little thing without protection because "it's just a little bit". As a pro we are exposed to "just a little bit" over and over and over, that "little bit" adds up to a LOT. You need to protect yourself EVERY TIME.

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It isn't asthma, it would be "isocyanate poisoning" it sounds like you could have developed a sensitivity to isocyanates.

You need to see a doctor, you do not want to screw around with this. I tell the guys at work all the time, don't go spraying that little thing without protection because "it's just a little bit". As a pro we are exposed to "just a little bit" over and over and over, that "little bit" adds up to a LOT. You need to protect yourself EVERY TIME.

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I agree about the sensitivity, and although I overlook a lot of things in terms of what businesses are supposed to provide it's workers, including a safe environment, I would demand they change their operation otherwise you get nasty, and you can get really nasty on this one.
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I agree with the two previous post, in addition you need to speak to your employer and inform him of the situation and advise him that if the painting outside the booth continues you will contact OSHA..

I had a similiar situation many years ago when I was working as a general line mechanic at the local Ford dealership. The two front end mechanics had a scheme going on selling brake jobs. They would have a car/truck up on the lift and pull all the brake drums off and take an air hose and blow brake dust all over the shop. I informed the shop foreman of the situation because I knew of the dangers of asbestos from my time in the Air Force. The shop foreman told me to mind my own business and If I didnt like what they were doing to just go outside. I did more than that, I quit and went to work at the Chevy dealership. I heard many years later that several mechanics were involved in an asbestosis law suit and that same Ford dealership was named.

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After your complaint your boss will start to find things you are doing wrong to fire you. . You need to find a lawyer that will handle workers compensation and illegal termination. You will soon notice that when you go to the home center garden area , get around house hold cleaning products, shaving lotion, perfume, etc you will have reactions. petro chemical hypersensitivity. some of those toxins will be stored in your body, A time bomb, alot of those chemicals are similar to fat cells, get sick, lose weight and those toxins can be released years later.
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Do not be concerned about being fired, your health is at risk. If the boss fires you for reporting unsafe or unhealthy practices you have resources to help you with that.

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IMHO, I think I would call a Doctor/Respiratory Specialist first and let him run the proper tests and find out what, if anything, is really wrong with you. This could be an allergic reaction or it could be worse but I would get a Medical opinion first.
Good Luck with this,
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I think I may have asthma from paint. We paint quite a bit of imron at my work. Imron has isocyanate in it. Sometimes people at work paint smaller pieces outside the booth to "get things done". I'll walk into the area, unaware that someone is painting, and I get a bad whiff of it. Then my chest will tighten up like there's a belt around my chest. Is this asthma? BTW I've never had any asthmatic symptoms before, ran a marathon a couple of years back, never had any problems with my lungs before I took this job.
The isocyanates in Imron paint are some of the most toxic in the industry and everyone is effected differently but, everyone is effected. Spraying this product in an open space without proper ventilation is extremely dangerous and must be stopped. In my opinion, if your employer doesn't wish to conform to logic, screw the job, report him and find a better, safer place of employment. You may have a reaction now, but, it's the reaction you get from years of exposure that can eventually have you breathing through a tube connected to an oxygen tank on the back of your motorized wheel chair. I've seen it to many times. I don't necessarily agree with all rules that are to be implemented by an employer but, this is one that doesn't have any wiggle room. Your health is something that you can't buy back 20 years from now, no matter how much money you have.

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Thanks for all the replies. I've scheduled an appointment with my Dr; going to talk to my boss about moving to nightshift where they do service rather than painting. I think that's my best move at this time.

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Good thinking - - - if you can get your health in order and keep your job then it is a win win as far as I'm concerned.
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OSHA will take a report anonymously. All you are is a number to them- they couldn't rat you out even if they wanted to. The only way the employer will know is if you told them. Of course, if you complain to the boss then OSHA comes a'knocking, the gig's up...
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talked to my boss, he's agreed to move me to swing shift. Went and saw the doctor, he told me I don't have asthma and that he didn't think there was any permanent damage and he also prescribed me an inhaler and he told me that I should get away from paint. Thanks for the info guys.
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Do what that doctor says, you can't turn this crap back in time!

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I think you chose the better option and hopefully your health and job will flourish now.
Good Luck !
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HE chose a good option, the rest of the guys are still being gassed on a regular basis... and may not even realize it.
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