PAINTS AND VARNISHES CAN MAKE US ILL
The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) released also, but not only, from paints and varnishes applied in our homes account for only 1.3% of the potentially harmful agents found in the air. In fact, the types of pathology connected to the quality of the air we breathe in buildings are mainly due to exposure to fine dust particles, carbon monoxide and damp present.
Source: “Promoting Actions for Healthy Indoor Air (IAIAQ)” – DG Health & Consumer, European Commission, 2011 (page 10).
PAINTS AND VARNISHES ARE JUST AS HARMFUL AS CIGARETTES
Unlike cigarettes, paints and varnishes for public use are not carcinogenic for users (EC Regulation No. 1907/2006 – “REACH”). Paints and varnishes do release certain chemical substances (e.g. VOC), but only for a very limited period of time compared with their overall duration.
For further information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084482/
"NATURAL” PAINTS AND VARNISHES ARE SAFER THAN THEIR TRADITIONAL EQUIVALENTS
Raw materials used in the manufacture of traditional paints and varnishes guarantee the same level of safety as those formulated with non-industrial products.
Raw materials used to manufacture traditional paints and varnishes are from a controlled origin and have a constant level of quality.
For further information: http://www.iso.org/ics/87.040/x/
PAINTS AIMED AT THE DIY SECTOR ARE FULL OF HEAVY METALS
Paints available on the open market may contain a maximum of 1% of heavy metals (mercury, lead, silver, etc.), limits imposed by REACH Regulations through specific “restrictions”.
For further information: https://echa.europa.eu/substances-restricted-under-reach
THE AIR WE BREATHE IS HEAVILY POLLUTED BY PAINTS AND VARNISHES
European Union legislation (Directive 2004/42/UE, which in Italy has been transformed into Decree 161/2006) sets maximum limits for volatile substances to minimise the environmental impact of products aimed at the decorative and car refinish sector.
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