Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001
Part 7.1 Spray painting
In this Part:electrostatic spray painting means spray painting using an electrically-charged spray painting substance.spray booth means a structure that is designed to:(a) enclose or otherwise accommodate articles being spray painted, and(b) control hazards of dust, mist, aerosols, fumes or flammable vapours generated by spray painting by use of appropriate exhaust ventilation, andbeing a structure that is used only for the purpose of spray painting.(c) provide for the prevention of ignition sources,spray painting means the process of spraying a spray painting substance that has been converted into a mist or aerosol onto a surface, whether for decoration, preservation, insulation or otherwise.spray painting substance means a substance used in spray painting and includes, but is not limited to, paints, powders, lacquers, paint removers, rust converters and removers, surface preparation and removers, surface preparation products, resins, solvents and thinners.
This Part applies in addition to the other provisions of this Regulation.Note.In particular, see clause 164 (Use of hazardous substances) which prohibits the use of certain hazardous substances in spray painting and clause 165 (Employer to provide health surveillance) which requires employers to provide health surveillance if there is a risk to health through exposure to hazardous substances.
177 Spray painting in spray booths—particular risk control measures
An employer must ensure that:(a) spray painting is carried out in a spray booth, and(b) no persons (other than persons required to be in the spray booth as part of the spraying process) are in a spray booth during spray painting, and(c) any persons in a spray booth during spray painting are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.Maximum penalty: Level 3.Note.See clause 51 (Atmospheric contaminants—particular risk control measures) for prohibition of exposure to atmospheric contaminants above specified exposure levels.
178 Spray painting outside spray booths—particular risk control measures
(1) This clause applies to spray painting other than spray painting carried out in a spray booth.Note.Despite clause 177 (a), an employer may carry out spray painting other than in a spray booth if compliance with that clause is not reasonably practicable (see clause 6A).(2) An employer must ensure that spray painting to which this clause applies:(a) is carried out in the open air at least 6 metres from every building and from every other thing that might obstruct ventilation, and(b) is effectively isolated from every other process in which persons are employed and that is within 6 metres (measured in any direction) from the place at which the spray painting substance is being applied, and(c) is effectively isolated from all plant, machinery and equipment that is, or may become, a source of ignition and that is within 2 metres, measured vertically above, and 6 metres, measured in other directions, from the place at which the spray painting substance is being applied.(3) If it is not reasonably practicable for an employer to ensure that the spray painting is carried out in the open air as required by subclause (2) (a), the employer must ensure that:(a) the place where the spray painting is carried out is adequately ventilated (by natural or mechanical ventilation), and(b) the spray painting is effectively isolated in accordance with subclause (2) (b) and (c).(4) For the purposes of this clause, spray painting is not effectively isolated:(a) from another process if a substance from the spray painting can be inhaled by a person engaged in the other process, or(b) from plant, machinery or equipment if there is a risk that a substance from the spray painting will be ignited by a source of ignition from or associated with the plant, machinery or equipment.(5) An employer must ensure that persons carrying out spray painting to which this clause applies are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.Maximum penalty: Level 3.
179 Electrostatic spray painting—particular risk control measures
(1) An employer must ensure that equipment used to carry out electrostatic spray painting is provided with automatic controls that will, if any conveyor carrying articles through the high voltage electric field stops:(a) disconnect the power supply to any high voltage transformer used in the process, and(b) give a warning of the stoppage.(2) An employer must ensure that, if electrostatic spray painting is carried out using a hand-held device, the following items are effectively earthed:(a) the handle of the device,(b) the articles being painted,(c) if the painting is carried out in a spray booth:(i) all metal work of the booth, and(ii) all metal articles inside the booth or within 2 metres of the booth.(3) An employer must ensure that a clearly legible warning notice bearing the words “DANGER—HIGH VOLTAGE” is exhibited in a clearly visible position on equipment used to carry out electrostatic spray painting.(4) An employer must ensure that equipment used to carry out electrostatic spray painting cannot be used unless the exhaust system is in operation.Maximum penalty: Level 3.