Vehicle bodyshop owners have a requirement to control the risks and exposure to harmful substances, which falls under the COSHH Regulation 9 guidance. They have a responsibility to their employees and others who have access to their spray booths, paint mixing room and use of other equipment such as dust extraction systems and weld fume arms to ensure relevant guidelines are followed and their equipment is managed safely. With particular reference to spray booth oven equipment Process Guidance note PG6/34(b) defines how best to meet requirements, in terms of what spray booth testing should be carried out and the levels and types of filtration systems to be used are.
Spray Booth Testing Carried Out According to HSE Legislation
As part of our spray booth service and maintenance our highly skilled and qualified spray booth engineers carry out all necessary spray booth testing in accordance with the current legislation. In order to ensure filtration systems within a spray booth are working correctly, a mist clearance test (sometimes known as a smoke clearance test) should be carried out annually, measuring the time taken for a spray booth to extract all paint mist within the spray booth cabin, and the time clearly indicated on entry points to inform anyone wishing to enter the spray booth without appropriate respiratory protective equipment (RPE) the time after spraying has completed must elapse before it is safe to enter.
AGM Services Spray Booth Testing Carried Out By Qualified Engineers
All our spray booth engineers are required to undertake on-going training and assessment to ensure they are fully conversant with new legislation, guidelines and best practices across all types of spray booth testing. AGM spray booth engineers carry out the following spray booth testing methods that are required under EPA, COSHH PAS125 Kitemark and manufacturer & insurer Audit requirements.
Mist Clearance test
As mentioned above, the purpose of this test is to measure the time it takes for isocyanate particles to be cleared from the spray booth. To conduct this test the spray booth engineer fills the spray booth with smoke and accurately measures how long it takes to extract the smoke.
Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Tests
LEV is an engineering control system to reduce exposures to airborne contaminants such as dust, mist, fume, vapour or gas in a workplace. AGM Services can undertake LEV test on various equipment which can be found in a typical bodyshop such as: spray booth ovens, dust extraction systems, paint mixing rooms, gun cleaning rooms, weld fume extraction arms, ventilated preparation benches and exhaust extraction systems.
Breathing Air Quality Testing
It is recommended that testing of respiratory protective equipment is carried out at regular intervals, with the maximum time between tests being 3 months. All AGM engineers carry the latest Factair Breathing Air Quality testing machines on their vans.
Stack Emission Monitoring
Should you be subject to an Environmental Permit then you are required to provide confirmation of the levels of hazardous product being emitted from the extract stacks. AGM Services provide stack emission monitoring that is carried out by MCERTS certified engineers, with results tested in UKAS accredited laboratories.
Contact AGM Services Direct for More Information
For more information concerning any of our spray booth services and spray booth testing you can contact our team direct on 01706 363 585. Alternatively, you can request a call back by filling out the contact form featured on our website.