University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
Painting, Paint Storage, and Refinishing
- Spray painting or refinishing shall be done in areas which are specifically designed for that purpose with adequate ventilation and fire protection as prescribed by OSHA.
- Use approved splash-type goggles and/or respirators while spraying to prevent breathing harmful materials. (Respirators must be equipped with the appropriate cartridges for the respective material.)
- Paint should be stored in sealed containers at all times. Wiping rags, strainers, drop cloths and paint-stained clothing must not be stored with paints, thinners, solvents, cleaners, turpentine or combustible materials but in safety waste cans with self-closing lids. Store waste cans as close to the outside of a building as possible.
- Paint brushes must not be left to soak in cleaning fluid. Clean and suspend them for air drying. The paint brush cleaning fluid should be disposed of in an approved manner or returned to the original container.
- Smoking is prohibited in any part of a painting area. (Note: the campus is smoke-free in all buildings and other internal spaces, including vehicles.)
- Obtain and be familiar with the contents of the labels and the MSDS for all materials used. Know their relative hazards and safety precautions.
- Where ventilation is poor, limit exposure to paint mists and solvent vapors. Use the proper respirator and clothing.
- Try to provide auxiliary ventilation. Open windows or doors so that dangerous levels of vapors are not created.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when cleaning spraying equipment.
- Handle all solvents according to product label and MSDS guidelines; even those labeled “safety solvents.” Avoid skin contact; wear a respirator, do not breathe the vapors; wear splash-type goggles to guard your eyes and be fire conscious.
- Partial remains from water-based paint cans can be diluted directly down the sink. Do not wash down to floor drains. Partial remains from oil-based paint cans should be treated as hazardous waste and given to Environmental Health and Safety for disposal (5-6311).
- Epoxy based paints are generally discouraged and use of such materials must be specifically approved by Environmental Health and Safety.
- Paint containing lead shall not be used. Lead paint OSHA standards must be observed when removing lead paint materials. (See Lead Paints and Materials of this manual.)