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Paint Mixing Best Practices Checklist

KEEP ALL CONTAINERS SHUT
  • Reduces evaporative losses of coatings and solvents

  • Reduces painter inhalation exposures

  • Decreases the fire hazard

  • Reduces shop vapor emissions

Number of open containers observed:

checkbox for None   checkbox for 1 to 3   checkbox for 4 to 7   checkbox for 8 or more


Organic vapor analyzer reading:____________________________________________
OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Keep all containers shut when not in use  
      Use gasket-sealed, spring-loaded covers (or equivalent) on solvent storage and waste drums1

1Required element of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Air Management Regulation V.

 

INSTALL ADEQUATE VENTILATION
  • Reduces painter inhalation exposures to coating and solvent vapors (e.g., isocyanates)

  • Decreases fire hazard

Ventilation type(s):
checkbox for Prefab mixing room   checkbox for Local exhaust   checkbox for General/mechanical   checkbox for None

Comments:______________________________________________________________________

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Employ an adequate amount of ventilation in the paint mixing room  
      Install local exhaust vents near sources of emissions (e.g., mixing bench, gun cleaner)  
      Locate sources of emissions in the same general area to maximize ventilation effectiveness
      Design system to draw vapors away from workers
      Ensure electrical equipment (e.g., switches, ventilation fans, lights, telephones) is approved for Class I, Division 1 (explosive) environments

 

USE COMPUTER MIXING SYSTEM AND REUSE LEFT OVER COATINGS WHEN POSSIBLE
  • Computer mixing systems allow for greater flexibility in determining amount of coating needed (allowing for smaller amounts to be mixed at a time)

  • Computer mixing systems provide an easy means to label excess coating for later use

  • Minimizes coating costs

  • Minimizes coating wastes and waste disposal costs

Mixing system:

checkbox for Computer   checkbox for Microfiche

Other:_____________________________________

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Use a computerized mixing system  
      Mix only the amount of coating needed for the job
      Store and reuse remaining primers and base coats for later use

 

USE PROPER RESPIRATORY PROTECTION1
  • Reduces employee inhalation exposures to solvent vapors

Type of respirator used:

checkbox for ½ mask APR   checkbox for Full facepiece   checkbox for APR None

checkbox for Other:______________________________________

Type of cartridge used:

checkbox for Organic vapor w/ prefilter   checkbox for Other:_____________________________

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
     

Consistently use half-mask APR w/organic vapor cartridge or better when working in the paint mixing room
(See guidance on respiratory protection programs and a list of respirator manufacturers and suppliers in the Health and Safety section of your kit.)

 

1Required element of OSHA where contaminant levels exceed the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).

 

WEAR CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE GLOVES AND EYEWEAR1
  • Reduces employee skin exposure to solvents

Type of gloves worn:

checkbox for Nitrile   checkbox for Butyl rubber   checkbox for PVA   checkbox for Latex*   checkbox for None

checkbox for Other:_________________________________________

How often are gloves changed?

checkbox for After each task   checkbox for Several times per day, but not after each task

checkbox for Once or twice per day    checkbox for Other:_______________________________

Protective eyewear used?

checkbox for Yes   checkbox for No

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Consistently wear appropriate gloves when working with paints and solvents (check with glove manufacturer for suggested glove types - see a list of protective glove manufacturers and suppliers in the Health and Safety section of your kit)  
      Use gloves that are in good condition and free of tears or punctures
      Wear proper eye protection

*Latex gloves do not provide protection against most solvents used in auto refinishing shops.

1Required element of OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard (29 CFR 1910.132).

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