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Best Practices in a Paint Mixing Room

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The adoption of best work practices in the paint room can save money by reducing shop's waste disposal costs, and improve employee productivity through reduced health and safety hazards. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a set of "Best Practices for the Paint Mixing Room". The steps recommended below are common sense work practices that can save you money, improve safety and reduce pollution in shops both in Canada and the USA.

- Keep all containers covered to reduce evaporation of paint solvents
- Install a ventilation system in your paint mixing room; consider installation of a prefab mixing room if you do not have one in your shop.
- All workers must wear air-purifying respirators
- Wear chemical resistant gloves, clothing and eye protection.
- Reduce waste by mixing only the amount of paint you need, accurately measure paint using computer systems and electronic balances, spray test panels with high transfer efficiency spray guns.
- Clean your equipment with enclosed cleaners.

More information can be found in the following EPA web site.

Proper ventilation in a paint mixing room ventilation is essential for safe, environmentally sound operation. General information can be found in a brochure from the EPA, "Breathing Easy"

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