Spray Booth, Spray Booth Filters: 5 Crucial Safety Checks to perform. Author - Andy Potts June 9th 2020 (reading time 4 mins)
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If you're preparing to reopen your paint shop after a period of non use or lockdown, you will need to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment for your employees. For sites that operate a spray booth, that means performing five crucial health and safety checks before resuming production.
The five key areas to check are:
Let's look at each point in detail.
Are your filters clogged? If they are, it's time for a change of mindset. Spray booth filter systems require careful management. When they are clogged, dust and harmful chemical particles build up in your booth. This is problematic for several reasons:
How often you need to change your filters can vary between 100 and 250 running hours, depending on your filter type and usage. In practice, this means that you may need to change your filters as often as fortnightly. As a minimum, we advise you to schedule in at least three changes between your main spray booth service intervals.
When you delay filter changes, your overspray extraction becomes less efficient, and this causes defects in your paintwork. Given that having to redo a paint job is usually more costly than a set of new filters, it makes financial sense to have a filter change schedule in place and stick to it. Our Total Paint Shop Support Team can help you with that. Contact usfor details of our automatic order renewal service.
If your water wash spray booth tank smells offensive, it needs a deep clean! When left untreated, water wash tanks make the perfect breeding ground for a variety of anaerobic bacteria that can cause biological odours, compromise booth performance and cause harm to your workers.
Biological odour does more than cause a bad smell; it damages your booth too. As the bacteria breeds, it plugs up back sections, spray heads and other water booth components with corrosive deposits.
This can lead to premature component failure, poor paint finishes and high maintenance costs.
Untreated water tanks are a haven for Legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires' disease - a life-threatening illness. The bacteria require a particular set of conditions to be able to survive:
Stagnant water in water wash spray booth tanks provides these conditions.
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When did you last carry out a LEV test in your paint shop? COSHH regulations require that employers thoroughly examine and test LEV systems annually.
Managing air-flow and extraction is essential to prevent dust and contaminants from finding their way into your paint job and your painters' lungs.
If you haven't cleaned your booth walls and floor in a while, the build-up creates the ideal environment for harmful bacteria to thrive.
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Workplace sanitation protocols will be a critical part of curbing the spread of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. Scientists don't yet know precisely how long Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, can survive outside the human body.
However, studies on other similar coronaviruses found they can survive on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for up to nine days unless they are adequately disinfected. Needless to say, the new paint shop mantra should be "If you touch it, sanitise it."
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