Breathing in isocyanate paint mist is believed to be the single most common cause of occupational asthma in the United Kingdom. Vehicle paint sprayers are 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average worker according to the HSE. This is caused by workers inhaling the fine paint mist that is generated when paint spraying.
During the paint spraying process there will be a large visible fan of paint produced by the spray gun, however there will also be large amount of paint mist that is invisible under normal spray booth lighting, this mist will spread throughout the whole enclosure and can only been seen under special lighting. The time taken for this mist to be removed is known as ‘clearance time’, it is of paramount importance that you conduct a regular spray booth mist clearance test to establish the time taken to remove the dangerous paint mist before entry to the spray booth is safe.
Keep your workforce safe by conducting a regular spray booth mist clearance test
This test works by pumping mist or smoke into the spray booth, a qualified engineer can then observe the flow of the mist and establish how long it takes for the mist to be cleared and if the extraction systems are working as they should. Failure to carry out a regular spray booth mist clearance test for your spray booth could result in a fault in the extraction system going undetected.
At the entrance of each spray booth you should make certain there is a sign stating the clearance time, when it was last tested, who did the test and when the next test is due. This will provide paint sprayers a time to wait before it is safe to enter the booth also this will help you keep your spray booth mist clearance test up-to-date. The health and safety of your employees within the work place is partly your responsibility and it is up to you to ensure that employees are provided with a safe and suitable working environment.
Our friendly staff at AGM are here to help
For more information on spray booth testing you can browse our website or to request an AGM engineer to come out and test your spray booth, you can call a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team on 01706 363 585.