regular use of proper personal protective equipment is one way to
minimize the risk of injury or illness while working in a paint
booth. Employees may be exposed to a variety of chemical and physical
hazards. Exposure to harmful chemicals can arise from solvents or
volatile organic components in paint products, isocyanates in hardeners,
solvents in body filler, silica from sandblasting operations, heavy
metals like lead in dusts from sanding, and metal fumes from welding
injuries can occur while lifting, pulling, from cutting tools, tripping
on hoses, slipping on oil and grease or other debris while on walking
of the best sources of information on hazards and proper personal
protective is the supplier MSDS, or the labels on product containers.
in the spray booth can be particularly hazardous because of exposure
to chemicals when the paint is vaporized. Therefore, at a minimum,
workers should protect themselves from 'head to toe' with the following
Complete fit tested, air supplied respirator system with full-face
shield, full protective body 'shoot' suit, gloves, safety boots
covered with 'booties', eye protection, and hearing protection as
Perform a 'user-seal' check before each time a respirator is used
(negative and positive pressure test).
Inspect respirator before each use to make sure it is clean and
fully operational, and make sure it is cleaned, sanitized, and stored
according to manufacturer's instructions.
Each shop employee who regularly uses a respirator in hazardous
conditions should be medically fit, have regular medical assessment,
be fit tested and trained in the use of the respiratory equipment.
The following information available from the Canadian Centre of
Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) in Hamilton, Ontario will
provide additional information on the use of personal protective
equipment in collision repair facilities.
Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) provides more
information on personal protective equipment in a poster and pamphlet
called 'The Top Ten Steps
to a safer more profitable shop".
It is available directly from the AIA, http://www.aiacanada.com/downloads/topten.pdf
or through your paint supplier or jobber.
Canada - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Collision Repair Facilities
equipment (PPE) protects you from hazards. Everyone must wear PPE
when required by provincial regulations or your employer. PPE refers
to safety glasses, goggles or face shields, masks, respirators,
hearing protection, steel-toed boots and non-slip footware, solvent
resistant gloves, aprons, hard hats or bump caps, coveralls or any
other special clothing.
* Make sure
you know how to use your personal protective equipment correctly
- if you are not sure, ask your supervisor.
* Make certain
that the PPE used is specified correctly for the task.
* Wear hearing
protection such as ear plugs or muffs when using air tools.
* Wear eye protection
such as safety glasses, goggles or face shields when using air tools,
grinders, wire brushes, or when using flammable or corrosive materials.
* Wear acid-proof
gloves and apron when dealing with batteries, especially older ones,
which are more likely to leak
* Wear steel-toed
slip-resistant shoes when in the shop.
* Make sure
that your mask or respirator is the proper one for the job you are
doing and in good condition. Wear full face mask with fresh air
supply when spraying paint.
* All defective
personal protective equipment must be reported immediately.
* Keep the personal
protective equipment you use clean, well maintained and stored safely.
Did you Know?
are responsible for identifying the hazards in the workplace, putting
up signs where personal protective equipment is to be worn and making
sure employees always use the equipment.
must make sure that the employees are trained in how to use the
right equipment, materials and personal protective equipment for
are responsible for making sure all personal protective equipment
is in good working condition.
of AIA Canada