Spray Painting Insurance Hazards

Spray painting can develop into both bodily injury and property damage exposures and hazards for many companies. Allergic reactions to the chemicals being sprayed thru the air can have an adverse effect on employees and those nearby. If the chemicals drift in the wind, you can have substantial property damage claims from a host of claimants. We have provided some probative questions that you can use in identifying these hazards in your organization.

1. Are only properly trained personnel allowed to perform spray painting operations?

2. Are personnel who perform spray painting operations provided, and required to wear, approved respirators, eye protection, overalls, and gloves?

3. Are respirators assigned to individual workers for their exclusive use?

4. Are respirators thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use?

5. Is the paint shop in a specially constructed and isolated fire-resistant room or building?

6. Are a sufficient number of extinguishers suitable for Class B fires available at the operation site?

7. Are signs reading “No Smoking Within 50 Feet” posted at all paint and other flammable liquid storage areas?

8. Are floors, equipment, and other exposed surfaces kept clean?

9. Have all sources of ignition in the vicinity of paint operations been eliminated?

10. Are all motors, fixtures, switches, and other electrical devices of an approved explosionproof type?

11. Are rags and waste disposed of daily?

12. Have persons working in the paint shop been instructed to wash thoroughly before eating?

13. Is the carrying or eating of food in the paint area prohibited?

14. Is paint material stored in a room isolated from the spraying process?

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