Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Before undertaking any work always consider the personal protective equipment that you will need; this will change based on the job in hand and the product being used. Some of the most common items are listed below together with guidelines on when they should be used. However, for further information, consult your International Help Desk.

Face Masks

The type of mask that should be worn depends on the hazard of the paint, length of time of the job, amount of paint used and where the job is being carried out. Spray application will require the use of full face masks and respiratory protection and as such it is recommended that it is only carried out by professionals with specialist equipment.

Hard Hat

A hard hat should be worn to protect the head if painting in areas where there is a risk from falling objects or debris.

Safety Glasses and Goggles

Eye protection should always be worn when using paint. The type of protection required depends on the job to be carried out. Safety glasses will avoid minor splashes, whereas goggles offer more protection.

Safety Boots

Steel toecap, anti-static boots are advisable when painting your boat. These should provide ankle protection, as a minimum.


When painting, chemical resistant gloves, that are in good condition, should be worn. The gloves should be replaced frequently and always as soon as the inside looks dirty.


A cotton overall (minimum 60% cotton) with full length sleeves and legs should be used in all situations where exposure to the paint is potentially high. Alternatively, if the risk to paint exposure is low, suitable disposable overalls can be worn.

Barrier Cream

Barrier cream should be used on exposed skin that cannot be covered by protective equipment. However, it must not be used instead of or in lieu of it.

Do not use petroleum jelly based products as this will aid penetration of the product into the skin.