OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Spraying Operations

Spraying Operations

  • Is adequate ventilation assured before spray operations are started?
  • Is mechanical ventilation provided when spraying operations are done in enclosed areas?
  • When mechanical ventilation is provided during spraying operations, is it so arranged that it will not circulate the contaminated air?
  • Is the spray area free of hot surfaces?
  • Is the spray area at least 20 feet (6.096 meters) from flames, sparks, operating electrical motors and other ignition sources?
  • Are portable lamps used to illuminate spray areas suitable for use in a hazardous location?
  • Is approved respiratory equipment provided and used when appropriate during spraying operations?
  • Do solvents used for cleaning have a flash point to 100°F or more?
  • Are fire control sprinkler heads kept clean?
  • Are "NO SMOKING" signs posted in spray areas, paint rooms, paint booths, and paint storage areas?
  • Is the spray area kept clean of combustible residue?
  • Are spray booths constructed of metal, masonry, or other substantial noncombustible material?
  • Are spray booth floors and baffles noncombustible and easily cleaned?
  • Is infrared drying apparatus kept out of the spray area during spraying operations?
  • Is the spray booth completely ventilated before using the drying apparatus?
  • Is the electric drying apparatus properly grounded?
  • Are lighting fixtures for spray booths located outside of the booth and the interior lighted through sealed clear panels?
  • Are the electric motors for exhaust fans placed outside booths or ducts?
  • Are belts and pulleys inside the booth fully enclosed?
  • Do ducts have access doors to allow cleaning?
  • Do all drying spaces have adequate ventilation?