Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Spray Operations

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Controlling Hazards

Painting and paint removal present hazards requiring effective controls. Hazards include exposure to toxic materials and flammable or explosive mists, particulates, and vapors. Potential physical and health hazards may be effectively controlled by appropriate work procedures, controls, facility design, protective clothing, and equipment.

One of the most frequent types of spray operations is spray painting, with spray booths as a common engineering control used to protect workers. Spray booths serve two main purposes: (1) to protect the health of the painter and (2) to reduce fire and explosion hazards. The following references provide further examples and information to help control hazards during a spray operation.

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