Graffiti is an enduring problem in all Australian cities (Morgan, 2009). One trip on a train into any city in Australia will highlight the prevalence of the graffiti problem. However it is not just limited to rail corridors and public spaces; the household fence is also an easy target. Fortunately as the prevalence of graffiti has grown and the popularity of the practice remains, so the development and sale of products to industry and the household has grown to meet the need. Selleys “Muck-Off Graffiti Remover” is one such product available to the consumer to remove unsightly graffiti from the domestic fence (Dulux Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2016).
Householders need to be particularly vigilant on the products they use to remove graffiti from a health perspective. Labelling on the can only covers so much and it is unlikely householders will call up a Safety Data Sheet to review all the safety requirements. Householders need to understand the graffiti remover product such as the one above is a class 4 flammable liquid – so smoking while you are applying this stuff is not a good idea! As a mist is created when the can is sprayed onto the fence the householder needs to be mindful of the weather conditions in which the spray is being applied. Windy days will blow the mist spray around and can create an inhalation, ingestion or skin contact issue.
Householders are well advised to wear overalls, safety goggles and impervious gloves over long sleeves to avoid skin contact. To avoid inhalation or ingestion householders should wear an organic vapour / particulate respirator meeting the requirements of AS/NZS 1715 (Standards Australia, 2009) and store the can out of direct sunlight. Finally don’t forget to wash hands prior to eating, drinking or smoking after the task is complete.
Written by Richard Aitken
Dulux Group (Australia) Pty Ltd. (2016). Safety Data Sheet – Selleys Muck-Off Graffiti Remover. Victoria: Selleys.
Morgan, A. a. (2009). Key Issues in Graffiti. Australian Institiute of Criminology.
Standards Australia. (2009). Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Devices (AS/NZS 1715:2009). Standards Australia.