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spray booth H&S and fire safety

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Does anyone have any information around spray booths from both a health and safety and fire safety point of view I'm guessing the LEV needs inspection on a regular basis and that the lighting should be EX rated and the guy doing the spraying should have airfeed hood on is there anything else i need to consider or any useful documents out their.

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I was advised, during an OHSAS audit to do a DSEAR risk assessment and perhaps designate zones. We use solvent based paints sometimes.
Also although we paid to have the booth checked for functionality against the initial settings, and for everything that could be serviced - serviced; we found the certification didn't meet the COSHH requirements for LEV (don't know why). So although everything that could be done was done our piece of paper was not up to scratch.
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LEV has to be inspected at least once every 14 months. Adequate fire extinguishing medium.

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Have a look at

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg261.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg388.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

good info there

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Assumptions can be quiet amusing, from the topic title I was thinking spray tan booths...
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I think the key is to ge a DSEAR assessment done. This will consider the types and amounts of chemicals you are using aswell as the type of equipment. It may even end up that the booth doesn't need to have an EX rating. It all depends on the types and volumes of the chemicals being used.
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Thanks fro the replies guy and girls.

Although not sure about the tanning booth, certainly no skinny clad ladies when i went around just big lumps of metal :D.

Had a look around the premises this afternoon and I'm reasonable happy the wet spray booth is up to standard as it is a relatively new booth the one that has me worried is the powder coating booth which is just a basic open booth with extract behind the guy doesn't wear any PPE and just stands there with the gun spraying it at the panel. Surely he would need some PPE no matter how good the extract is?

Also they have boxes and boxes of the powder which comes in plastic bags i couldn't see any hazard labels but surely there should be some correct storage around this stuff rather than just kicking around on the floor. There is the potential for the powder to combust if it was turned into a cloud of dust. But i'm guessing otherwise it would pose little hazard. have to say everything was dusty in this part of the premises which might indicate ineffective extract. To be honest I'm mainly interested in the fire side but i wouldn't want to walk away knowing what they are doing is wrong.

I will flag it up in the FRA that a COSHH & DSEAR needs to be carried out but that's outside my field of expertise.Any one in Hampshire that could assist?

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Our DSEAR specialist is a guy called Gus Collins and I find his services extremely impressive to say the least.

http://gcsafetyservices.co.uk/default.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He can travel if necessary.

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lights need to be insulated, airlines checked regular for masks of operator using dragor tubes, regular cleaning booths,fire loading of bins in the area and paint stocks kept to the maximum allowed and no more inside the building the rest should be in a secure locked and ventilated paint store. and screening of operatives through a occupational health nurse skin,lung function, blood test for lead etc. water filters for lev and when servicing the compressors let the run overnight to let any oil from maintenance run through so when the guys put on face mask resporators the oil/lube has already cleared out of the airlines.

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Thanks for the contact details Jack.

I'm assuming if you store paints and other flammable liquids outside is there a need to keep them heated given the minus temperatures we get in this country now. What sort of heater would you use given the lily hood of fumes or potentially accidental spillage. I was thinking along the lines of the heaters you get in garages long tubes sealed with a thermostat to keep the area just above freezing. or are paints not effected by the cold?

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Post by Keith1983 »

Reddwarf wrote: or are paints not effected by the cold?

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Any solvents should be fine as far as the cold goes. Paint will freeze but if I were you I'd seek advice from the manufacturer. It's not normally something found on a data sheet!
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