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.
- OSHA Technical Manual (OTM). OSHA Directive TED 01-00-015 [TED 1-0.15A], (January 20, 1999).
- Controlling Lead Exposures in the Construction Industry: Engineering and Work Practice Controls. Includes controls for spray painting with lead-based paint.
- Isocyanates. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.