k. Transit and Storage - In closed containers,
health hazards, and flammability hazards in ac-
temperature and humidity will not affect the
cordance with existing instructions and regula-
stability of either component of two part coatings.
tions. All safety precautions regarding personnel
Both components will remain stable for 1 year, as
health, fire prevention, ventilation, handling of
long as the component B, the catalyst portion, re-
equipment, e l e c t r i c a l g r o u n d i n g , s t o r a g e o f
mains in closed and sealed containers. Where it is
coating materials, area preparation, use of vapor-
necessary to extract a portion of the component B,
proof lights, etc., are mandatory.
it should be done in a cool location and the lid
resealed as rapidly and as tightly, as possible.
Personnel Safety Measures. The following
measures are minimum requirements for personal
(1) Wear protective clothing to prevent
SAFETY AND HEALTH ASPECTS
O F PAINTING.
(2) Aprons and clothing that become
saturated with paint should not be worn in shop.
Saturated clothing shall not be hung in lockers or
other similar confined spaces that might induce
Federal and state environmental regula-
tions are applicable to all chemicals us-
ed in painting processes. Precautionary
(3) All personnel should wear non-
measures shall be taken to prevent
sparking shoes, which are free from metal nails in
paint and paint removal waste from con-
soles and heels.
laminating lakes and streams. Some of
the chemicals utilized for painting and
(4) Full skin covers, i.e., gloves or skin
paint removal require treatment or other
protective creams shall be applied to exposed
special control prior to disposal. Dispo-
skin areas prior to painting to guard against in-
sal of materials shall be accomplished
jurious effects of paints, and to allow ready
under the direction of the installation
removal of paints by washing the area with water.
facility engineer and MEDDAC Health
Skin areas shall be clean and dry before cream is
and Environmental Activity in accor-
dance with applicable directives, and in
a manner that will not result in violation
criteria. Guidelines for disposal are
cited in AR 200-1.
may cause dermatitis on coming in con-
tact with the skin. Some solvents may
Painting operations present hazards that require
penetrate skin, or may be inhaled as
control or preventive measures. Vapors produced,
vapors, and lead to systemic poisoning.
particularly in spray painting, are highly flam-
Care must be taken to avoid skin con-
mable, as are the accumulated dried coating
tact or breathing vapors to avoid sys-
materials deposited on walls, floor and equipment
in painting areas. Coating materials and their
(5) Personnel engaged in stripping or
thinners very often contain toxic substances
which are injurious to health by inhalation and, to
Cleaning with methylethylketone (MEK), acetone
a less degree, by physical contact. Painting
or toluene and spray application of paints shall
operations also involve hazards resulting from the
wear an approved organic vapor cartridge
improper use of work stands, ladders, hoists, etc.
respirator approved by the Operational Safety and
All painting personnel shall take all requisite safe-
ty precautions with regard to toxicity and other