Ensure that all paint materials have complete label instructions which stipulate the potential
fire hazards and precautions to be taken.
Advise and remind painters continuously of the fire hazards that exist under the particular
conditions of each job. This is to ensure that they are aware of the dangers involved and take
and maintain the necessary precautions.
Make fire-fighting equipment (of the proper type) readily available in the paint shop, spray
room, and work areas where a potential fire hazard exists.
Ensure that electrical wiring and equipment installed or used in the paint shop (including
storage room and spray room) conforms to the applicable requirements of the National
Electrical Code for hazardous areas.
1-10. Specific Safety Measures. It is important that you and your painters perform in a safe manner
by observing safety measures and fire-prevention safety rules.
a. Safety Measures. You must ensure that the following safety measures are practiced by your
Observe "no-smoking" rules in areas where paint is stored, prepared for use, or applied.
Provide adequate ventilation in all storage, preparation, and application areas.
Perform recurrent spray operations on portable items (such as signs) in an approved spray
booth equipped with adequate ventilation, a water-washing system for fume removal, and
explosion-proof electrical equipment.
Wet down booth surfaces before cleaning them.
Use rubber feet on metal ladders and ensure that personnel working in hazardous areas
wear rubber-soled shoes.
Use nonsparking scrapers and brushes to clean metal surfaces where fire hazards are
Avoid storing flammable materials in an area where there is a chance that fumes could be
ignited by the pilot flame of a water heater or furnace.
Wet down paint sweepings, rags, and waste with water and store them in closed, metal
containers in an approved manner while waiting for disposal. Never burn disposal items
in heaters or furnaces.
Extinguish all pilot lights on water heaters, furnaces, and other open-flame equipment on
all floors of the structure being painted. Ensure that gas valves are also turned off.
Turn off and tag all switches to prevent them from being turned on inadvertently when
painting in confined areas near machinery or electrical equipment.