Spray finishing refers to operations where organic or inorganic materials are utilized in a dispersed form to coat, treat or clean surfaces. This is a broad definition and can include activities involving the use of flammable liquids (e.g., paint) in a spray booth or spray area, electrostatic coating and similar operations.
Spray finishing is a very detailed activity and an effective way to create a high-quality finish. However, because these operations involve the use of flammable and hazardous liquids, it can create a number of safety hazards that threaten a business’s property and employees. This Risk Insights provides an overview of spray finishing exposures and ways organizations can control workplace hazards.
When it comes to spray finishing, there are two main hazards to consider:
Fire and explosion—If sprayed chemicals meet an ignition source, they can ignite and spread very quickly, even causing an explosion. Utilizing a spray booth is critical, as it contains the ...